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The Great Wall of Saudi: 900km fence to be built along Iraq border

Fortified fence will include watch towers, night-vision cameras and radars aimed at tackling instability in the neighbouring country

The Great Wall of Saudi: 900km fence to be built along Iraq border

Saudi Arabia intends to construct a 900km fence along its border with Iraq as part of efforts to clamp down on the number of "infiltrators, drug traffickers, weapon and cattle smugglers".

The project was unveiled in a story filed by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency.

It will involve five layers of fencing as well as watch towers, night-vision cameras and radars aimed at tackling an increasingly unstable situation in the neighbouring country.

The highly-fortified fence will reportedly have 32 rapid response centres, three rapid intervention squads, 38 back and front gates, 78 monitoring towers, 10 monitoring and surveillance vehicles, 1,450,000 metres of fiber optics networks and 50 radars.

It will stretch from Hafar al-Batin, near the Iraq-Kuwait border, to the northeast town of Turaif.

The border force will involve includes 3,397 trainees and 60 trainers.

Just last week at the annual CW Leaders in Construction UAE Summit, Steven Miller, senior vice president - business development at Shapoorji Pallonji, said Saudi Arabia, the GCC's biggest construction market, could be forced into military action in Iraq to protect its own interests.

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John 6 years ago

Kuwait should do this also to ensure the safety and security in that small country, especially considering that ISIL has stated in this press may be their next invasion. Do they not realize that if they showed the world that they cared about their country by upgrading their infrastructure as neighboring GCC countries are doing, ISIL would not even think of invading their nation? ISIL invades countries with weak governments, lesson learned. This is vital and a formative step by the Saudi government to protect their nation on all levels.

chris 6 years ago

Perhaps if they spent this money on a decent education system.
Kept religion away from politics and schools they would not have to build one.
It just seems such a waste of money.
Who is giving money to the Syrian refugees from the GCC.?
We are witnessing a whole generation of children being denied basic education.
Surely this would be a better investment to stop threats from abroad.

Tom 6 years ago

I am not sure where your reporters get their information. The fence along the Iraq Border is already built and operational.