Israel began Monday the construction of a one kilometer long wall on its border with the Lebanon, saying it represented as essential element to ensure the protection of Metulla town.
There is already a security fence which runs along the border with the Lebanon, but the Israeli army found it necessary to strengthen the measures by a cement wall running 5 to 7 metres high to separate between Metulla and the Lebanese village of Kila.
“It is to prevent shooting from Lebanese territory to the Israeli territory. In the past 18 months, there have been a number of incidents”, explained Israeli colonel Amit Fisher, speaking to the public of Radio Israel.
The Israeli army said that this project was designed in coordination with the United Nations forces who monitor the ceasefire in force since the end of the war between Israel and Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, in 2006.
At the same time, Israel is carrying out the construction of a security fence on its southern border with Egypt.
These barriers are reminiscent of the wall which runs along the West Bank, widely encroaching on the occupied territory and that the International Court of justice ruled as illegal.