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Border Guard to join IDF forces on Israel-Egypt border (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.02.12, 21:45) Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4223998,00.html
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Elite reconnaissance unit to bolster military deployment along southern border
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The Border Guard´s special Mista´arvim Unit will join IDF forces patrolling the Israel- Egypt border in the next few weeks, as mean of addressing the border´s "blind spots" problem, Ynet learned Wednesday.
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Egyptian smugglers had recently managed to breach the new security fence for the first time. The border sees constant attempts by smugglers and terrorists alike to breach the fence.
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Military sources told Ynet that 75% of the area´s terror alerts emanate form the sector.
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The Mista´arvim ("Arabized") is the nickname given to several counter- terrorism units across the Israel Defense Forces, whose members are specifically trained to assimilate among the Arab population.
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The Border Guard´s elite unit will deploy along the southern section of the border in an effort to thwart future infiltration attempts, in places where IDF surveillance is plagued by blind spots.
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The IDF has also re-formed the Rimon Unit, which will patrol the northern part of the border.
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Defense sources told Ynet that the IDF believes Gaza-based terror groups are constantly watching the IDF´s operations in the area and have various "shelved" attacks, which they are waiting to execute.
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Military sources added that Egyptian smuggling rings are also closely monitoring the progress of the new border fence project, as they fear the improved security measures will spell a financial blow for them. "The new fence will dramatically decrease the scope of criminal activity in the area," a security source said.
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So far, 143 kilometers out of the planned 220km of the new border have been completed. The project, dubbed "Hourglass," has been deemed the IDF´s second most important priority. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/02/12)
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