Amman, 11 Rabi’ul Akhir 1437/21 January 2016 (MINA) – Israel has begun building a fence along its border with Jordan “to protect Israeli citizens against any security threat coming from Jordan”, the Israeli Army Ministry announced.
A team from the ministry’s Engineering and Construction Department began laying down the first kilometers of the security fence along the border this week, according to the ministry’s statement, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The fence would be “based on the models erected along the Egyptian border and the Golan Heights”, the statement said.
The barrier will stretch for 30 kilometers between the resort city of Eilat and the site of the Sands of Samar, and will cost $75 million, the ministry underlined.
“This barrier is intended to protect Israeli citizens against any security threat coming from Jordan,” Arielle Heffez, a spokesman for the ministry, told AFP on Wednesday.
Commenting on the issue, a Jordanian official said that the Israeli security fence is ‘an internal affair especially that it is built within Israeli borders.’
However, the Jordanian official expressed his country’s total rejection of the Israeli apartheid wall that is built on occupied Palestinian land.
The fence is to be the fourth “security fence” built by Israel, including one separating it from the occupied West Bank, known as the “apartheid wall”, another in the Golan Heights near Syria, and a third one erected along the Egyptian border.(T/P008/R07)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)