Israel starts work on security fence on Jordan border

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Israel is building a wall, actually a fence, along its last frontier without a physical barrier, the border with Jordan.

A section of the Israel-Jordan security fence built this month. /Israel Defense Ministry
A section of the Israel-Jordan security fence built this month. /Israel Defense Ministry

Construction on 30 kilometers (18 miles) of fence is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Engineering and Construction Department.

The barrier will stretch from the southernmost resort town of Eilat to beyond a new international airport under construction in the Timna Valley. The cost of the approximately $77 million project will be drawn from the Defense Ministry budget.

“It is part of our national security,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “It joins the fence that we built along the length of our border with Sinai, which blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and – of course – the various terrorist movements. This move also joins the fence that we have built along our border on the Golan Heights.”

The Jordan barrier project is under the direction of Brig. Gen. Eran Ofir, who managed the development of security fences on the Egyptian border and the Golan Heights. The project includes roads, observation towers and other security facilities.

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