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Defense Ministry starts new project to reinforce homes on Lebanese border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Ministry and military engineers work to construct bomb shelters in homes in the northern town of Avivim, November 22, 2022. (Defense Ministry)
Defense Ministry and military engineers work to construct bomb shelters in homes in the northern town of Avivim, November 22, 2022. (Defense Ministry)

The Defense Ministry announces it has begun reinforcement work on dozens of homes in the Israeli town of Avivim, close to the Lebanese border — those that are most likely to be hit by rocket fire in a future conflict with the Hezbollah terror group.

The effort, dubbed Shield of the North, officially began in October last year, when the ministry’s Engineering and Construction Division, along with the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, started installing new bomb shelters in homes in the community of Kfar Yuval, northeast of Kiryat Shmona.

The ministry says 62 bomb shelters are currently being constructed in Avivim.

Ultimately, the ministry intends to carry out its Shield of the North reinforcement plan in the 21 communities closest to the northern border.

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