Israel begins construction on Jordan border fence

January 20, 2016  

Israel has begun construction on a security fence along its border with Jordan, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday, its latest such barrier intended to keep out illegal migrants and terrorists.

It will be the latest “security fence” built by Israel, including one separating sovereign Israeli territory from Judea-Samaria and another in the Golan Heights near Syria.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said when it was approved in June that the new fence was a continuation of a 240-kilometer (150-mile) barrier built in 2013 along the Egyptian border which “blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and the various terrorist movements.”

“This barrier is intended to protect Israeli citizens against any security threat coming from Jordan,” Arielle Heffez, a spokesman for the ministry, told AFP on Wednesday.

The Jordanian fence will be “based on the models erected along the Egyptian border and the Golan Heights,” the Defense Ministry said.

It will include “roads, observation towers, operations rooms and other advanced means.”

The barrier will be 30 kilometers (19 miles) long between the resort city of Eilat and the site of the Sands of Samar and will cost 300 million shekels ($75 million), according to the statement.

AFP contributed to this report.

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