Security fence breached near J'lem

Channel 10: Whole segments of fence destroyed, alarm system disconnected.

security fence 298 88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
security fence 298 88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Entire segments of the security fence near Jerusalem have been breached, allowing dozens of Palestinians to enter the country from the West Bank on a daily basis, Channel 10 reported on Monday evening. According to the report, no fence remained at all for a stretch of some eight kilometers, and every meter or so, the upper part of the fence was bent. Holes in the barrier were noted approximately every 100 meters, and the alarm system had been disconnected. The discovery raises the question of the effectiveness of the barrier, which was built to keep terrorists from infiltrating the country. The security fence, the first part of which became operational in July 2003, had been a controversial issue since its inception, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspective. In 2004, the UN General Assembly made a decision to hold Israel accountable for damages caused to Palestinians by the security fence. Many Palestinians have complained that the barrier violates human rights.