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Israeli Army Sets Plan to Prevent Infiltration From West Bank, Lebanon

Israeli Army Sets Plan to Prevent Infiltration From West Bank, Lebanon

Monday, 16 November, 2020 - 10:15
Palestinians crossing from the West Bank (File photo: Reuters)

The Israeli army arrested a Lebanese citizen of Palestinian origins after crossing the border on Sunday, announced military sources in Tel Aviv.

The sources said that the Israeli army arrested a man, in his forties, when he tried to cross the Lebanese border towards al-Ghajar village.

The Shin Bet launched an investigation to determine whether he was a job seeker, like many others who try to cross the border, or a Hezbollah operative sent to check the standing of the army.

The Israeli army spokesman said the forces shot over 10 flares in the area and Chebaa Farms to uncover the reason for this infiltration.

Three months ago, the Israeli army announced a state of high alert after Hezbollah declared it would avenge the assassination of one of its members during an Israeli raid in Syria last July.

The decision to put military forces on high alert is strongly criticized by the Mossad, the national intelligence unit.

The head of Mossad, Yossi Cohen, indicated that putting thousands of soldiers on high alert for more than three months harms the state.

Cohen suggested ending the state of alert and threatening Hezbollah and the Lebanese government against any attempt to harm Israel.

However, the army remained on alert and the new infiltration attempts confirmed its decision.

The Israeli army warned that Palestinians would infiltrate through the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank.

It announced a new plan to secure the area in the vicinity of Judea and Samaria and limit illegal entry into Israel.

The plan aims to protect the area between the separation fence and Israel, dubbed the "seam zone," and includes the deployment of army and border guards on the security fence to prevent illegal infiltrators from entering.

The army will deploy troops and guards near Qalqilya, Hableh, Deir Ballut, Saffa, Bilin, Tulkarm, Pharaoh, and other villages.

It warned against any attempt to undermine the security fence in the “seam zone", stressing that any illegal attempt to infiltrate, breach, or violate the fence puts the person in danger.

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