Egypt building security towers along Gaza border

December 25, 2010 19:21


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CAIRO— Egyptian security officials on Saturday said that the government is building several 100-foot (30-meter) observation towers to improve security along the border with the Gaza Strip, stopping infiltration and sniper attacks.

The officials said Saturday the first of the steel and concrete towers near the Rafah border crossing is almost completed.

The officials were speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

They said the towers aim to improve monitoring of movements along the border. A Gaza sniper killed an Egyptian security guard in January.

Egypt is uneasy about its 8-mile (14-kilometer) border with Hamas-ruled Gaza. It has installed an underground steel wall to combat smuggling tunnels, but infiltrators often cross.

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