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Tel Aviv – The Israeli Defense Ministry is set to soon start building a new fence along the Lebanese border to prevent any threat caused by the “infiltration of armed militants”.

The decision came when Tel Aviv discovered a week ago a Lebanese young man in the Kiryat Shmona town after he infiltrated it through the border and walk several kilometers inside Israeli territories.

The man was arrested and interrogated, but later transferred back to Lebanon via the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon for being mentally ill.

Later, Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot established an internal investigation committee to investigate the incident. The committee found a big failure in the current fence and in the performance of Israeli soldiers responsible for monitoring the area. Disciplinary measures were later taken against those linked to the incident.

Israeli officials also reached a conclusion that despite the presence of a barbed wire fence, modern cameras, electronic alarm equipment, tunnels and water barriers, there are still weak points along the border that require urgent actions.

In the next days, a new and upgraded security wall is to be erected along the border with Lebanon, similar to the wall along Israel’s border with Egypt, a 30-kilometer stretch from its southeastern border with Jordan, and in the occupied Golan Heights border with Syria.

The six-meter-high barrier between Israel and Lebanon will cost around 100 million shekels ($28 million).

It will be erected in two segments, the first near Ras al-Naqoura and the second near Metula, an Israeli community adjacent to the border.

Meanwhile, Israeli military sources said that Israel does not expect a war with Lebanon in the near future. However, it does not rule out that the situation between the two sides could deteriorate suddenly.

Moreover, the Israeli Army announced on Monday a four-day exercise depicting a scenario in which war erupts simultaneously with Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” and Iranian-backed forces in the Golan Heights.

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