Israel-Egypt border
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IDF ups security measures along Israel-Egypt border

Military deploys sophisticated sensor system along new fence, volatile Dune sector. Deployment moved up following increase in Sinai-based terror threats

The IDF is gearing to deploy a new detection and alert system along the new Israel-Egypt border fence, Ynet learned Monday.


The new measures aim to boost security along 40km of the fence, especially those stretching along the volatile Dune sector, which is considered one for the most dangerous parts of the border.


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The new sensor-based "web" will have a direct link to the sector's various command posts. The system's deployment was moved up following an increase in Sinai-based terror threats


Faced with the growing terror infrastructure in the peninsula, the defense establishment has funneled considerable resources to bolstering the defenses of the Israel's border with Egypt , compared to the Lebanon, Syria and West Bank sectors.


The "web" is similar to the one used on the Gaza, Lebanon and Syria borders, and sends an immediate alert should anyone try to touch or breach it.


The IDF also plans to pave a new road along the border, as a safe alternative to Highway 10, which has known its share of terror attacks.


Highway 10 was closed to civilian traffic in the wake of a Islamic Jihad terror attack in August 2011, which left seven Israelis dead.


The new highway will run about 1.5 miles east to Highway 10.


The GOC Southern Command also aims to tackle the security issues posed by various "dead zones" in the area – mostly the various folds in the dunes, which are hard for the surveillance systems to scan.


The IDF has also began relocating the posts currently stationed in the Dune sector further away from the border, in a manner similar to that prevalent in the Gaza sector, in order to minimize the troops' chances of clashing with an unidentified enemy.



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