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Hezbollah erects new extra-tall watchtowers on Lebanon border

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

An alleged Hezbollah position overlooking the northern Israeli town of Shtula on the Lebanese border, January 23, 2023 (Channel 12 screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
An alleged Hezbollah position overlooking the northern Israeli town of Shtula on the Lebanese border, January 23, 2023 (Channel 12 screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group has established new tall observation posts on Israel’s northern border as the Israel Defense Forces has ramped up the construction of a defense wall, Hebrew-language media report.

Residents of the northern town of Shtula who spoke to the Ynet news site and Channel 12 news say one such 18-meter-tall tower, just dozens of meters from the border, had been constructed over the past month, right where the IDF was replacing its aging border fence with a nine-meter-tall concrete wall.

Ynet’s northern correspondent reports that at least 20 posts manned by Hezbollah members in civilian clothing 24 hours a day have been built over the past year.

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