IDF fortifies Lebanese border to protect against Hezbollah infiltration

 

(JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces is fortifying a stretch of the Lebanese border to prepare for a possible infiltration by Hezbollah fighters in the next conflict.

A 2006 Lebanon War memorial near Israel-Lebanon border. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 18.6-mile project consists of a series of engineered barriers including reinforced concrete panels several feet high, concrete blocks, fortified towers and upgrades to existing fences originally built in the 1980s, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The project is expected to stretch along the entire 75-mile Lebanese border.

Meanwhile, most Israeli resources are focused on beefing up the border along the Gaza Strip in the south. As a result, the IDF Northern Command has used other methods.

"We can't dig everywhere, so we found other solutions, such as reinforcing the border fence, and we placed large boulders near Hanita to act as an obstacle against possible infiltration,” said Col. Zaky Yeffet, of the IDF Northern Command.

“The concrete panels we also placed in the areas guard against small-arms fire and anti-tank missiles,” he said. “Additionally, we cleared brush wherever we could along the border to allow us to see approaching threats easier."

Posted on October 27, 2016 .