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Egypt to dig trench to prevent smuggling along Gaza border

(24 June 2015)

Egyptian armed forces plan to expand border security efforts along the Gaza border in order to prevent smuggling in northern Sinai. Plans include a 20-by-10 meter U-shaped trench located about two kilometres away from the border, which would consolidate all vehicle and person traffic into the highly-visible trench area, allowing authorities to more easily detect tunnels used for smuggling.

Plans for the trench accompany a one-kilometre security buffer zone on the border with Gaza, established after President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow by the armed forces in 2013, and the rise of Sinai Province, an insurgent group allied with Islamic State. The armed forces believe the trench will cut down on violence targeting security personnel, according to Reuters News. However, local residents criticize the trench because it has slowed traffic and destroyed vegetation vital to local farmers.

Sources:

Egypt digging trench along Gaza border to stop smuggling, 22 June 2015, Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.662481

Egypt digs trench along Gaza border to curtail smuggling, 23 June 2015, i24 News, http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/75878-150623-egypt-digs-trench-along-gaza-border-to-curtail-smuggling