Lebanon: Israeli barbed-wire fence a violation

UN peacekeepers on Wednesday asked the IDF to pull down a new barbed-wire barrier that Lebanon said encroached on its territory, a UN spokesman said. Alexander Ivanko, a spokesman for the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, said new wire coils were put up in Lebanese territory between the northern Israeli village of Metulla and Kfar Kila, a town in southern Lebanon. UN forces have asked the IDF to remove the barrier, Ivanko said. "We expect them to do so as quickly as possible," he said. The IDF said it was repairing the fence along the route set down in a May 2005 UN resolution. The repairs were being made in various places along the border because of the war, the army said.