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Saudi speeds-up build on 'Great Wall' Iraqi border

Growing instability in the region causes Kingdom to increase construction efforts to fortify 965 km northern border

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Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to construct a 965 km fence on its northern border with Iraq, according to a British national newspaper.

The Telegraph reported that the Kingdom was responding to the growing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

It said the Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” - a combined fence and ditch - to separate the country from Iraq to the north.

The proposal had been discussed since 2006, at the height of the Iraqi civil war. Last year Construction Week reported that work had began in September.

At the time the state-owned Saudi Press Agency said the fence was being built to "clamp down on the number of "infiltrators, drug traffickers, weapon and cattle smugglers". 

It will involve five layers of fencing as well as watch towers, night-vision cameras and radars aimed at tackling an increasingly unstable situation in the neighbouring country.

Saudi Arabia has already constructed large walls along much of its 1,000-mile border with Yemen, The Telegraph reported.

 

 

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