NITZANA, Israel - Israel is erecting a security fence along a section of its porous southern border with the Egyptian Sinai.
The 25-mile-long security barrier, built along the 125-mile border with Egypt, stretches from the Kerem Shalom Crossing south to Nitzana.
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) Southern Command is constructing the fence along a portion of the border often used by drug smugglers and refugees trying to enter the country.
The concern is that Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists, as well as operatives from the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group, who have slipped into Egypt, may try to infiltrate Israel along the same stretch.
The Southern Command's engineering units began erecting the barrier and reinforcing IDF positions along the border, following January's three-week operation in the Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.
Since Operation Cast Lead, the IDF has carefully monitored the border with the Gaza Strip.
"The border with Gaza is basically hermetically sealed," said an Israeli defense official. "That is why we are concerned that the terrorists will try to infiltrate via the Egyptian border."
Following the government's pullout from the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip in August 2005, the IDF predicted that terror groups would try to infiltrate from the Egyptian Sinai.
Source: The Jerusalem Post