January 26, 2010

17 migrants killed by Egyptian police since May

irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010, 16:25

Israel to build wall on Egypt border

Israel's plans to build a security fence along its border with Egypt is of no concern to the Egyptian government as long as it remains on Israeli territory, Egypt's foreign minister said today.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday approved plans to erect the barrier along part of the border and install advanced surveillance equipment to keep out illegal migrants and militants.

"This issue does not concern us at all," Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egypt's foreign minister said today.

"Israel is building something on its own soil and there is no link between that security fence and our construction along the border with Gaza."

Egypt is constructing an underground barrier to stem Palestinian arms smuggling into Gaza and has played down the scope of the dig on the 14km long frontier.

Hossam Zaki, the ministry's spokesman said Israel had informed Egypt of its plan for the new fence within the past month.

Security sources in North Sinai yesterday said that Israel had not informed the Egyptian authorities.

Egyptian police say the smugglers who ferry migrants to the border region sometimes fire on security forces.

Egyptian police have stepped up efforts to control the frontier following an increase in human trafficking. At least 17 migrants have been killed by Egyptian police since May.


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