Friday, December 11, 2009

Egypt Builds a Wall to Stop Smuggling

Do not worry, no one is protesting because the wall is not being built by Israel. Be sure to read to the bottom of the post to see what 'minor fact' the Guardian missed. (via)

"Work has begun on Egypt's northern border to dig the foundations for what reports say will be a vast underground metal wall in the latest effort to prevent weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian security officials have said they are digging steel tubes into the ground on their side of the border and are paving a road that will have devices along its route to monitor smuggling. The US Army Corps of Engineers, which is reportedly involved, has worked with the Egyptians on preventing smuggling along this border for at least two years.
Egypt's new wall will be about six miles long and "impossible to cut or melt", the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said. It said construction had already begun and that large slates of steel would eventually be buried into the ground. Joint Egyptian-American patrols had been seen on the Egyptian side of the border, it said.

Other reports said it would take 18 months to build. But Egyptian officials have not spoken publicly about the plan, saying they can do enough to halt smuggling without a wall.

The Guardian apparently completely overlooked something which caught my eye.

"Egyptian forces demolish tunnels or fill them with gas almost every week, often with people still inside them, and Palestinian casualties in the tunnels have been steadily rising."

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