Israel Beefs Up Defenses Near Lebanon After Last Week's Airstrike

The army has augmented infantry, artillery and armored forces in the area, in addition to the laying of concrete barriers.

Noa Shpigel
Gili Cohen
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A truck delivering concrete barriers on the Lebanon border, January 25, 2015.
Noa Shpigel
Gili Cohen

The army has installed concrete blocks on the Lebanon border as part of defense efforts following the airstrike in Syria last week that the foreign media has attributed to Israel.

According to a military source, the blocks were deployed amid concerns of possible shooting attacks. The army has also beefed up infantry, artillery and armored forces in the area.

Also, the air force has been ready to react more quickly since the attack in Syria, which killed an Iranian general and a number of Hezbollah operatives. Also, Iron Dome anti-missile batteries have been deployed in the north.

Early Sunday evening, the army noticed suspicious movements on the Lebanese side of the border near the Ramim Ridge, in the northeast. It briefly closed a number of roads in the area.

Residents of Moshav Zarit nearby seemed to appreciate the military vehicles scurrying around.

“We feel safer than in ordinary times,” one woman said. In the evening, certain mountain roads were closed after a suspicious figure was spotted near the border fence, but they were opened about an hour later.