Israel completes border fence with Egypt

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 02:39 hrs

Tel Aviv: Israel has completed the construction of a 230-km security fence along the Egyptian border, an official said.

The fence is equipped with modern security systems and is designed to prevent Islamic militants, drug dealers, African migrants and asylum seekers from entering Israel from Egypt.

The construction took two years and cost approximately $420 million.

"This is a great achievement. You did the impossible. I would like to convey to you the gratitude of all Israelis," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

"For seven months, not one infiltrator has reached Israel's cities," Netanyahu said.

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