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Security Fence - Jordan / Timna Airport

Israeli security officials recommended in March 2015 that the country build a fence along the border with Jordan to protect a new airport, local media reported. Work on the wall is expected to begin in the summer of 2016. The construction would completely encircle Israel with a wall. The wall will be equipped with security cameras and watch towers.

“Security officials recommended the construction of a security barrier to protect the new airport which will be built at Timna,” an army spokeswoman said, as cited by AFP. The airport is being built about 20 kilometers from the resort town of Eilat and just 200 meters away from the border. It is due to be completed in 2016.

The barrier is planned to be 30 kilometers long at first and have surveillance equipment placed nearby. It has already been approved by the head of the Israeli army's Southern Command, General Sami Turgeman, according to Haaretz newspaper.

The barrier is also reportedly aimed at thwarting any jihadist infiltration from Jordan. Migrants from Iraq and Syria have been flowing to the country, and defense officials fear extremists could seep through.

Amman has previously described the airport as a threat to the Kingdom’s airspace. In January 2015, the government said it had taken all measures to protest the Israeli plan to construct the Eilat Timna International Airport, which it considers a threat to its airspace security. During a House session, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said that the government was aware of all the details regarding the plan, adding that the Foreign Ministry, through Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, had made all the necessary contacts with international parties and Israeli officials to assert that the airport's location constitutes a violation to Jordan's sovereignty.

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