Lebanon: Tensions with Israel resumes construction of border wall

The resumption by Israel of the construction of a concrete wall along its border with Lebanon has revived. the tension between the two countries. Beirut has declined. an attack & agrave; its sovereignty & oac ...


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UNIFIL soldiers stationed at the border between southern Lebanon and Israel (stock photo). AFP / STR

Israel's resumption of construction of a concrete wall along its border with Lebanon has revived tension between the two countries. Beirut denounced an attack on its territorial sovereignty and appealed to the United Nations Security Council.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

Israel's construction of a concrete border wall, intended to protect it from possible incursions by Hezbollah fighters in the event of a new war, continued on Friday (January 11th). Lebanon claims that part of this work passes through its territory, which constitutes a "violation of its national sovereignty," according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Beirut.

President Michel Aoun on Friday convened the Supreme Defense Council, the highest military and security body in the country, to examine the measures to be taken.

On the ground, the Lebanese army has deployed units at the location where the work is taking place. Lebanese and Israeli soldiers are only separated by a few meters, under the watchful eye of the blue helmets of the UNIFIL, present on site to prevent the situation from escalating.

Accelerating its pressure, Israel deployed its air force, which flew over much of Lebanon on Friday, along with drones seen over Beirut.

On the diplomatic front, Lebanon has instructed its permanent representative to the UN to refer to the Security Council. The resumption of the construction of the wall comes as Israelis have been pursuing the "Northern Shield" operation for weeks, aimed at locating tunnels allegedly dug by Hezbollah between Lebanon and Israel.

REF: http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190112-liban-tensions-israel-reprend-construction-mur-frontalier