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IDF troops position sections of a wall near the Lebanon border at Kibbutz Misgav Am, April 20, 2016 (Channel 2 screenshot)
IDF troops position sections of a wall near the Lebanon border at Kibbutz Misgav Am, April 20, 2016 (Channel 2 screenshot)

Fearing plots by Hezbollah to send gunmen into Israel to attack soldiers and civilians, Israel is gradually walling off further parts of its northern border with Lebanon, Israeli media reported

Israel’s Channel 2 news on Wednesday showed sections of a concrete wall being installed near to Kibbutz Misgav Am, a border community in the Upper Galilee.

Channel 2 noted that a project to bolster the border area had been underway for some time.

In 2012, a seven-meter (23-foot) high wall separating Israel from Lebanon near the border town of Metulla was completed. The 1,200-meter-long (3,937-foot) wall is outfitted with sophisticated cameras and sensory equipment aimed at preventing infiltration.

The 2006 War between Hezbollah and Israel was triggered by a cross-border attack by Hezbollah and the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers .

The report comes two days after the Israel Defense Forces began a surprise military exercise in northern Israel.

Large numbers of aircraft, vehicles and IDF troops took part in the exercise , which was designed to test the preparedness of the Northern Command, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

Residents in the Golan Regional Council and in the Jordan Valley Regional Council were warned to expect increased movement of emergency forces and military vehicles throughout the week.

Since the beginning of 2016, Israel has conducted a series of military drills designed to test the preparedness of the army and emergency response teams.

The IDF also held a two-day general drill in and around the northern city of Safed at the weekend.

Amid fast-rising tensions along the border with the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, Israel last week carried out its largest civilian drill near the Palestinian enclave since its 2014 war with Hamas, according to a report on Channel 2.

Israel announced on Monday that it had found a tunnel dug under the border from Gaza by Hamas. It destroyed the tunnel a day later.

Israel has been surrounding itself with thousands of kilometers of walls/ barriers/fences . Walls that separate it from the West bank , walls that separate it from Gaza, another wall that separates it from Egypt’s Sinai and the most recent wall separates it from Syria.
Other countries in the Middle East are also being building walls
Saudi Arabia has been building a 600 mile wall along the border with Iraq to protect it from the Islamic State.

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