Construction workers flash the victory gesture as they pose by an Israeli outpost from their side of the border with Lebanon, near the village of Kfar Kila, on February 7, 2018. / AFP / Ali DIA
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Lebanon's Higher Defense Council Wednesday issued instructions for the country's security forces to confront any Israeli aggression on Lebanese sovereignty as Israel conducted construction work on a controversial wall along the border.The Higher Defense Council, headed by President Michel Aoun, held an extraordinary meeting to discuss subsequent actions regarding the wall as well as recent claims by Israel that a significant chunk of Lebanon's potential oil and gas resources are property of the Jewish state.It was unclear if Wednesday's actions were the first on the wall itself."Both sides confirmed their commitment to further use UNIFIL's tripartite and liaison mechanisms to address any issue that could provide potential tensions and to minimize misunderstandings".For his part, a former head of Israeli military intelligence rejected claims that the wall was being built on Lebanese territory. The recent Israeli threats united Lebanese leaders for the first time in weeks, at a time where the political climate in the country was heated.Wednesday's meeting chaired by Aoun saw the likes of Hariri, Army head Gen. Joseph Aoun, General Security head Maj.
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