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Israel planning $400 million wall on Egyptian border

March 15, 2008 12:46 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2008 12:46 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel plans to spend rough 400 million US dollars to construct a new wall on its border with Egypt in hopes to increase its security.

The 84 kilometer concrete and barbed wire barrier will be equipped with specials sensors that will detect any contact with the wall and relay the information so command centers, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The planned wall will take two years to complete, and will be immediately handed over to the Israeli military. The wall will only cover two sections of the 236 kilometer border. Israeli security officials believe that natural obstacles will make it difficult for people to cross the border in the remaining places.

The Israeli security establishment has been concerned that Palestinian fighters from the Gaza Strip will enter Israel through Egypt. The border has also been a point of tension in Israel-Egyptian relations, with Israeli officials charging that Egypt is not doing enough to clamp down on cross-border movement.

Refugees from African countries, especially Sudan, have often crossed into Israel through the desert frontier.

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