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Israel to start work on Lebanon border wall

Lebanon is seen in the background as an Israeli military tank is loaded onto a truck at the Israel-Lebanon border near the Israeli town of Avivim March 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel is to start building a wall along part of its border with Lebanon next week to shield the northern town of Metulla, the Jewish state’s Channel 10 television reported Monday.

It said the wall, more than 2 kilometers long and 10 meters high, was also aimed at preventing clashes between Israeli and Lebanese border forces whose posts are often just meters apart.

The private broadcaster said Israel had informed Lebanon of the wall project and would coordinate it through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Military sources said in January that the Jewish state was considering building a wall along a section of the 79-kilometer border, fearing cross-border sniper fire at newly built apartment blocks in Metulla.

Although the two countries are technically in a state of war, Israeli and Lebanese military officials meet regularly in the presence of UNIFIL peacekeepers to liaise on border issues. -- AFP

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 24, 2012, on page 3.

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