Tractors along a new wall on the Israeli-Lebanese border work near the Ras Naqoura border crossing.
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High in the hills above the Mediterranean, Israeli troops worked while soldiers from a country still technically at war with them peered down from only meters above. The odd spectacle played out this week as Israel continued work on a new concrete wall along its northern border with Lebanon. Earlier this year, new construction begun along the Lebanese border, where Israel is currently building a wall equipped with cameras in the hope of thwarting any attempt by its enemy Hezbollah to infiltrate and attack.Israel says all portions of the wall will be on its side of the Blue Line – the U.N.-established cease-fire line put in place after its withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 .Israel fought a war with Hezbollah in 2006 .Israel's military stresses it is closely coordinating the work with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL.The reason for the wall has less to do with the Lebanese Army than Hezbollah, an Israeli military official said.
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