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October 19, 2005

Security Fence Being Built

Some relevant news that shouldn't be missed:

A fence is currently being built in the conflict-ridden Middle East to protect civilians against suicide bombers and other terror attacks. Certainly, the government building it has reason for concern—terrorists have taken the lives of many in this Middle Eastern country. Yet, the fence will force villagers and visitors to pass through checkpoints, and part of the fence will cut off Arabs in a neighboring town from their jobs.

Will the media, then, criticize the builders and call on them to dismantle the protective "wall"? Or will understanding be shown for a government's need to protect its citizens? How will world opinion look at this country... Egypt?

From BBC news:

Egypt has started to build a security fence around the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to try to stop attacks on the town, security officials say.

The officials said the fence would stretch for 20km (12 miles) and force vehicles wanting to enter the town to pass through one of four checkpoints.

More than 60 people were killed in July when suicide bombers launched attacks outside two hotels and a market. ...

A town resident told Reuters that one portion would cut off a nearby Bedouin settlement where many workers live.

A security official cited by AFP news agency said the fence was "not meant to stop any particular group of people but prevent terrorist attacks".

Hotels were destroyed in the Sharm al-Sheikh blasts (BBC)

Posted by GI at October 19, 2005 01:23 PM


The Security Council will soon be meeting to condemn this and an ICJ case will follow. Same for Spain's African wall.

Well, maybe.

Posted by: Brad Brzezinski at October 19, 2005 06:00 PM

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