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Security fencing along Israel/Egypt border underway

Security fencing along Israel/Egypt border underway
The construction of security fencing along the border between Israel and Egypt has begun.

Work on the fence began yesterday morning (November 22nd), according to the Israeli Defence Force's (IDF) website.

The security fencing, which is expected to stretch some 240km from Kerem Shalom to Tabah, is being installed to stop "infiltrators and smugglers" accessing Israel via the border.

It will not be entirely physical - part of the fence will be operated by alerting devices.

Funded by the Israeli government, the project has a budget of 1.35 billion shekels (£232 million).

The IDF estimates that 5,000 people entered Israel through its border last year. Over the same period, it is thought that 1.3 tons of cannabis and 130 kilograms of heroin were smuggled into the country.

Earlier this year, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reignited the fencing project that had stalled in the previous months.

"I want to see actual results of the beginning of a barrier on the ground within the coming weeks," he was reported as saying at the time.

Human rights organisations have been critical of the project.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800252277-ADNFCR

Date: 23/11/2010 17:02:35

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