Israeli PM announces barrier along Jordanian border

30-km section north of Eilat approved

29 June, 16:02

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JUNE 29 - The defense council of the Israeli government on Monday approved the construction of a security barrier along the country's border with Jordan, announced the office of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

    It added that the first phase would consist of a 30-kilometer section north of Eilat to protect an area where the Timna airport is being built. In an official statement, the prime minister's office said that the barrier would be built entirely on Israeli territory and that it does not harm Jordanian national interests. Jordan, it said, had been informed of the project in a timely manner. Netanyahu's office noted that the new security barrier would thus be in addition to the one built along the border with Egypt to prevent the entrance of African migrants and one that has been strengthened along the Golan Heights to improve protection from armed groups fighting in Syria.(ANSAmed).

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