Tel Aviv, 25 Safar 1434/ 7 January 2013 (KUNA/MINA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel will build a 43-mile security fence on the border with Syria due to the deteriorating security situation in this Arab country.
The move came just four days after another barrier, aimed at keeping out illegal migrants from Africa, was completed along Israel’s frontier with Egypt.
“We intend to stretch an identical fence, with some necessary changes due to the different conditions, along the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu was quoted by Israel Radio as saying.
He said the Syrian army has backed off, and “global jihad operatives have taken its place.
“We must therefore protect this border from infiltrations and terror, as we have successfully been doing along the Sinai border,” he said.
He reiterated Israeli fears over Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal falling into the hands of Islamist groups.
Netanyahu added that Israel coordinates positions and exchanges intelligence with the US and other international agencies. (T/R-019/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)