Egypt has begun building a massive metal barrier along its frontier with the Gaza Strip, in an effort to cut cross-border smuggling. Intelligence sources have told the BBC that the wall will be ten kilometres long and will extend eighteen metres underground.
Haaretz – The Israeli daily newspaper – has cited Egyptian sources who say: “It will be impossible to cut or melt … [but] it is not expected to stem smuggling completely.”
Israel and the US have complained in the past that their Egyptian neighbours have not done enough to prevent trafficking into Gaza. Some have claimed that the porous border between Hamas-controlled Gaza and Egypt enables arms smuggling.
Cairo has had a crackdown in recent years and destroyed large numbers of tunnels but this wall takes this one step further.
Will this stop the smuggling? Will it also stop vital supplies entering the Gaza Strip? Are you in Gaza? If so, how will this change your life? Perhaps you’re in Israel – will this make you feel more safe?