Work begins on Egypt-Israel border barrier

Gov't hopes plan costing approximately NIS 1.35 billion will stem flow of illegal migrants into country; work expected to take up to a year.

November 22, 2010 01:28
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A Sudanese refugee at the border fence between Isr

sudanese at fence 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

After months of planning, bulldozers will take to the sand dunes along Israel’s border with Egypt on Monday to begin constructing a barrier which the government hopes will stem the flow of illegal migrants into the country.

The Defense Ministry said that dozens of bulldozers will begin work along the border on Monday under a plan that will cost the country approximately NIS 1.35 billion.

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The border will be closed in part by a physical barrier bolstered by electronic sensors.

The work is expected to take up to a year.

Earlier in November Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad announced that the number of African economic migrants and asylum seekers sneaking into Israel has leaped this year.

Haddad said that a monthly average of 1,100 people are slipping into Israel through its southern border with Egypt. She said last year's average monthly number was 350 people. staff and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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