Netanyahu orders to expedite construction of Israel-Egypt border fence (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid 07/09/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday instructed Defense
Ministry officials to expedite the construction of a fence along the
Israeli-Egyptian border, emphasizing the importance of curbing
At a discussion held at the Prime Minister´s Office on Sunday
evening, Netanyahu said, "The goal is to turn the tables, and take
all necessary actions to have the number of illegal immigrants that
leave Israel be larger than the number entering Israel."
Defense Ministry officials said that conversations held last week
with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva
clarified that there is no possibility of sending Eritrean migrants
back to their country, due to life-threatening dangers that await
them there. The officials notified Netanyahu that not one of the
countries hosting Eritrean refugees has sent them back to their
countries of origin.
At the meeting, the Interior Ministry presented data on the number of
migrants that crossed the Israeli-Egyptian border during June.
According to those statistics, the number of migrants that crossed
the border that month halved from 2,031 in May to 928 in June.
Officials at the Defense Ministry, which is responsible for
constructing the fence along the Israeli-Egyptian border, said
construction of the fence is progressing at an accelerated rate.
According to the officials, the entire length of the barrier will be
completed by October, except for 14 kilometers in the area near
Eilat, which will be completed in 2013.
Also at Sunday´s debate, Defense Ministry officials were told that
some 4,000 places were added to a permanent detention center for
African migrants currently under construction in Israel´s south, and
that by the end of 2012, the facility is expected to have the
capacity to accommodate about 12,000 people. (© Copyright 2012
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