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Israeli army performs contingency exercises as it builds border wall
03 May 2012
KFAR KILA, Lebanon: The Israeli army is carrying out contingency maneuvers on its border with Lebanon in case of an attack on the area during its construction of a 6-meter-high separation wall.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers have been deployed in the area and have been seen from the border town of Kfar Kila, along with several Hummers, after Israel asked the construction company to evacuate the vicinity.
The Israeli army could be seen transferring pretend wounded army personnel to an ambulance as part of an emergency scenario Tuesday, while soldiers assembled in groups at different points along the fence.
The Lebanese Army told UNIFIL that Israel should not violate the border coordinates during the construction process.
Israel began construction of the separation wall Monday. The wire fence currently in use will eventually be replaced with 4-meter-high concrete blocks topped by fencing and barbed wire, resulting in an overall height of some six meters.
Israeli officials say the wall, stretching from the former Jidar al-Tayyib Gate to the Fatima Gate crossing, is intended to protect residents of the border town of Metulla, which faces Kfar Kila.
Lebanese officers were given topographical maps to follow the construction as it happened and ensure that it met the prearranged conditions.© Copyright The Daily Star 2012.
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