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Israel starts building a wall with Lebanon.

The Palestinian Hamas destroyed a portion of the wall dividing Egypt and Gaza, which has been under a blockade. Photo Credit Kevin Frayer Associated Press

Israel is to start building a wall along part of its border with Lebanon next week to shield the northern town of Metulla, the Israeli Channel 10 TV reported on Monday.

The broadcaster informed the wall will be of more than two kilometres (over a mile) long and 10 metres (33 feet) high. According to the sources the wall is aimed at preventing clashes between Israeli and Lebanese border forces whose posts are often just metres (yards) apart.

The private TV Channel said Israel had informed Lebanon of the wall project and would coordinate it through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Nothing was said about the Israeli plans of building a wall along a section of the 79-kilometre (49-mile) border with Lebanon, fearing cross-border sniper fire at newly built apartment blocks in Metulla.

Although the two countries are technically in a state of war, Israeli and Lebanese military officials meet regularly in the presence of UNIFIL peacekeepers to liaise on border issues.