Report: Budget issues cause halt in W. Bank fence building

May 11, 2011 17:59

Construction of a 40-kilometer stretch of the West Bank security fence near Gush Etzion has been halted due to budgetary considerations, an internal Defense Ministry document obtained by Army Radio said.

Also mentioned in the document are legal challenges in the High Court that the Defense Ministry is facing in completing the fence's construction. The court battle is surrounding claims that fence's route requires the expropriation of privately owned Palestinian lands, according to the report.

Responding to the Army Radio report, the defense minister's spokesperson said, the "fence building project continues and will be continued." He added, "Various types of changes are made to the project, some due to planning problems, some due to budgetary problems and some due to legal problems."

According to the document, construction on the fence will continue in 2012, Army Radio reported.

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