Is­rael ap­proves ex­tend­ing se­cu­rity fence to Jor­dan

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­rael has ap­proved ex­tend­ing a se­cu­rity bar­rier to part of its eastern bor­der with Jor­dan in a bid to keep out mil­i­tants and illegal mi­grants, the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice said Mon­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said the new bar­rier was a con­tin­u­a­tion of the one built along the Egyp­tian bor­der, which “blocked the en­try of illegal mi­grants into Is­rael and the var­i­ous ter­ror­ist move­ments.”

U.N. fig­ures have shown Is­rael is home to about 53,000 African refugees and asy­lum seek­ers, most of whom en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally through the bor­der with Egypt.

Ne­tanyahu also re­ferred to a steel fence that runs along the Syr­ian fron­tier through the Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied Golan Heights.

The fence was built af­ter the Syr­ian civil war broke out to pre- vent a po­ten­tial spillover of fight­ing or in­flux of refugees.

The new 30-kilo­me­ter (19-mile) bar­rier has been ac­cepted by the gov­ern­ment’s se­cu­rity cab­i­net.

It is to be built along Is­rael’s eastern bor­der be­tween Ei­lat and where a new Timna air­port will be built, a state­ment read.

Work has al­ready be­gun on the new air­port north of Ei­lat, the south­ern­most Is­raeli re­sort city lo­cated across the Jor­da­nian bor­der from the port city of Aqaba.

Ne­tanyahu’s of­fice stressed that Is­rael was in con­tact with Jor­dan over the fence, which will be built solely on Is­raeli soil.

Is­rael also has a sep­a­ra­tion bar­rier that runs through the oc­cu­pied West Bank, which it be­gan build­ing dur­ing the sec­ond Pales­tinian in­tifada, or upris­ing, which lasted from 2000-2005.

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