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Lebanon: Israel plans to build a wall along our border

December 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

President of Lebanon Michel Aoun accused Israel of “the systematic targeting of the remaining Christian presence in the Israeli-occupied territories in an effort to cleanse [the area] of everything that is non-Jewish”. [Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said in a statement yesterday that Israel “is preparing to build a separation wall on the Blue Line [Lebanese-Israeli border]”, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The statement was issued after a meeting with the Acting UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel at the presidential palace in Beirut.

Aoun told Kardel that his country sticks to the UN resolutions on top of them the resolution 1,701, noting that the planned Israeli wall “does not comply with the international border line.”

“President Michel Aoun has communicated to UN Coordinator that Israel has violated the Lebanese border 11,000 times [since 2000] until today and it is continuing these violations insistently,” the statement said.

It also noted that the president told Kardel that “Lebanon, as a response to the Israeli violation, is only defending itself in compliance with the UN rules.”

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The statement said that Israel’s preparations for the wall are worrying as they do not comply with international border rules.

After the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon in 2000, the UN designated a Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel. Since then, Lebanon has complained of numerous Israeli violations.