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Egypt builds watchtowers along Gaza border

Dec. 27, 2010 2:13 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2010 11:08 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities began to build new 30-meter tall watch towers along the Gaza border at a distance of 80 meters apart, in what officials said was part of an effort to keep the Sinai secure.

The installations included the set up of four giant search lights at the top of each tower, and an additional seven towers even higher and more fortified that the others. The extra towers will be build near the Rafah crossing, Salah Ad-Din terminal, Al-Brazili area, Zu’rub neighborhood, Al-Barahmah neighborhood and near the sea coast, where smuggling operations are reported frequently.

Egyptian officials say their watchtowers will be higher and stronger than the Israeli towers that dot the northern side of the Egyptian/Israeli border east of Gaza.

The towers will be equipped with snipers and 24-hour surveillance to detect smuggling activity and infiltrators, Egyptian officials said.

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