IDF builds barrier to protect Metula from Hezbollah

April 30, 2012 18:42

Wall being built in area surrounding Metula; IDF: We are working to reduce tensions, improve security situation.

IDF soldier looks into Lebanon near Metula

IDF soldier with binoculars 370 . (photo credit:REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)

The IDF began constructing a security barrier over a kilometer in length this week around the northernmost town of Metulla to protect its inhabitants from potential Hezbollah attacks.

The wall, which will eventually be 5- 7 meters high, is being built in coordination with the UNIFIL peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, which has in turn notified the Lebanese army.

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The IDF Spokesman’s Office said in a statement on Monday that the barrier will serve to reduce tensions and improve security in the area.

Hezbollah maintains a presence in southern Lebanese villages, and security forces are concerned that gunmen from the Shi’ite terror organization could open fire on Metulla.

Located six kilometers from the Lebanese border, Metulla is home to approximately 1500 Israelis.

The wall’s construction is expected to last weeks, according to Israel Radio.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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