Ya'alon: Israel intends to build security fence between Hebron, Kiryat Gat

Defense minister says security establishment plans to erect massive security barrier similar to that between the Israel-Egypt border.

By ARIK BENDER, JPOST.COM STAFF
November 25, 2015 21:07
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Highway 12

The border fence between Israel and Egypt along Highway 12. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon informed the Knesset on Wednesday evening that the security establishment intends to construct a security fence, separating the West Bank city of Hebron and the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat.

Ya'alon's remarks came in response to a motion filed by Likud MK Mickey Zohar in light of multiple Palestinian assistants having reached the Lakhish Regional Council and carried out terror attacks in recent months. 

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"We are aware of the issue of the fence, and now with the budgetary approval for the massive fence we plan to build one similar to the border fence with Egypt - it will take some time but it will happen," the defense minister vowed.  

On Friday, a terrorist stabbed and wounded four Israelis — including a 13-year-old girl — in Kiryat Gat.

In addition to the girl, stabbing victims included two women aged 56 and 44 and a 51-year-old man.

All victims were moderately hurt with stab wounds in the upper body. Security forces found the assailant late Saturday night, nearly five hours after the attack, hiding in a storage unit of a private home not far from the scene of the crime.

The attacker, named by the Shin Bet as Muhammed Tarda, an 18-year-old resident of Yatir in the West Bank, had no history of security crimes, according to the security agency.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report.


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