Palestinians walk near an opening in Israel's controversial barrier in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Defense Ministry has finished construction of a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) section of the security barrier south of the West Bank city of Hebron, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.
The security barrier, which starts at the Tarqumiya checkpoint in western Hebron and extends southward to the Meitar checkpoint, is a total of 42 kilometers (26 miles) long and is located on the side of bypass Road 35 in the West Bank.
Lawmakers had decided to accelerate the completion of this section of the barrier following several infiltrations that led to deadly terror attacks inside Israel, including the attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market
last June where two Palestinian terrorists from the Palestinian village of Yatta near Hebron infiltrated into Israel and killed four civilians.
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In August, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot urged lawmakers to complete the security barrier to prevent Palestinians from entering Israel illegally and to reduce terror attacks.
According to Eisenkot, an estimated 50,000-60,000 Palestinians enter Israel illegally each day through porous section of the security barrier.
The entire 42 kilometer stretch of the security barrier in the south Hebron hills is set to be completed in the next six months.