Israel planning fence on Egypt border Staff and agencies 05 July, 2007
By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
JERUSALEM - Israel is planning to build a sophisticated fence to prevent smuggling and infiltration across its long desert border with Egypt, an army publication reported, the latest effort to fortify the frontier.
The 135-mile border cuts through desolate landscape at the edge of the Sinai Desert.
There is also a security threat. In January, a Palestinian suicide bomber exited Gaza to Egypt, apparently through a tunnel under the border, made his way around to the Israel-Egypt border, crossed undetected and entered the southern Israeli resort of Eilat. There he blew himself up, killing three Israelis.
The magazine quoted Col. Eitan Yitzhak, the commander of the southern sector�s engineering corps, as saying the border must be made impenetrable. "We must make sure that we have the means to prevent terror attacks like the one that took place in Eilat," he said.
The magazine did not say when the fence construction would begin, how long it would take or how much it would cost. Previous plans to fortify the long desert border, with pricetags in the hundreds of millions of dollars, were never implemented.