Southerners protest new Israeli fence | News , Lebanon News | THE DAILY STAR
The residents, most of whom own agricultural lands in the area, raised the Lebanese flag over the fence built one day earlier by the Israeli Army as part of a plan to build new military roads on occupied Lebanese territory.
Israeli soldiers last week began carving out an 8-meter-wide military route in an area between Shebaa and Kfar Shuba – roughly 50 meters away from a Lebanese Army outpost near the southern border.
A barbed-wire fence was erected Monday along an area stretching from the occupied portion of the Shebaa Farms to the Jabal al-Seddaneh, on the edges of Kfar Shuba.
Hundreds of ancient trees that straddle the border between Lebanon and Israel were uprooted in the process, residents say.
The Lebanese Army opposed the Israeli road works and contacted UNIFIL demanding an immediate halt to the operations in the area.
According to security sources, UNIFIL chief Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano traveled to Safed last week to discuss problematic road works along the border in the Shebaa region with the head of the Israeli Army’s Northern Command Maj. Gen. Aviv Khochavi. The sources said Portolano protested the works, especially that they were carried out on disputed territory.