Egypt Builds a Wall on Border with Gaza

(Al-Monitor) Rasha Abou Jalal - Tribal sources in northern Sinai told Al-Monitor that on Jan. 27, Egyptian armed forces began building a 2-km.-long barrier on the border with Gaza from the Kerem Shalom crossing to the Rafah border crossing. The 6-meter-high barrier is made of reinforced concrete and goes 5 meters under the ground. It is designed to block the entry of gunmen from Gaza into Sinai and shut down remaining Palestinian cross-border tunnels. Sources said the last phase involves building the barrier along segments of the border that Egyptian armed forces appraise as vulnerable or where underground tunnels are suspected. On Feb. 3, Egypt announced having found a nearly 3-km.-long tunnel from Gaza to the heart of the Egyptian border city of Rafah, Maan News reported.

2020-02-17 00:00:00

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