PM sets summer 2012 as completion date for fence with Egypt

The fence along the 240 km border with Egypt will be completed by the summer of 2012, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on a tour of the area Tuesday, saying he also wants to see a similar physical barrier built along the border with Jordan.
Netanyahu helicoptered down to an area along the border, about an hour car drive north of Eilat, where he visited three and a half months ago. At that time work was just beginning on the barrier, while this time he looked out to see a five meter metal fence, covered with barbed wire, being erected along the border.
According to figures presented to Netanyahu, work on the barrier has already dramatically reduced the number of infiltrators, bringing the numbers down from some 1,200 infiltrators a month in 2010, to some 1,237 so far this year.
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