צילום: אריאל חרמוני, משרד הביטחון
Wednesday's tour of fence
Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry
Israel spurs work on Egypt border fence
Defense Ministry hopes to complete 215 km-long fence by 2012, a year ahead of schedule

The Defense Ministry vowed Thursday to spur construction on the border fence between Israel and Egypt, saying Israel hopes to complete it by 2012, a year ahead of schedule.


The decision was made just days after Egypt opened the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Sinai.  

Shani tours site of fence construction (Photo: Ariel Hermoni)


Defense Ministry Director General Udi Shani toured the construction site Wednesday, and received an update on its progress. The fence will span a length of 215 km upon completion.


Shani was told by officials in the field that since construction began, infiltration of the border between Israel and Egypt has dropped by 50%.


Work on the fence began in November, and 20 km have so far been completed. The Defense Ministry says that a number of additional contractors have been hired as part of efforts to quicken the work.



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