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Friday, February 13, 2004

Fences, fences, everywhere

The Saudi Separation Fence
MEMRI has a new Inquiry & Analysis piece on the fence being built by the Saudi government along its border with Yemen.
Saudi officials told the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the "barrier of pipes and concrete" could in no way be called a "separation fence." Saudi Border Police Commander Talal 'Anqawi said: "What is being built within our borders is a barrier of pipes full of concrete, aimed at deterring infiltration and smuggling… This barrier does not in any way resemble a fence. The site chosen to establish it is located within sovereign Saudi territory."

The Saudi prince of Najran, Mash'al bin Abd Al-'Aziz, also denied that the barrier was a separation fence. According to him, Saudi authorities built a barrier of pipes 95 km-long in an open area between two mountains to block smugglers in cars from infiltrating Saudi lands, north of the region of the agreed upon 20 km-wide strip. According to the Saudis, most of the explosives and weapons captured by Saudi security forces in recent months have been smuggled in by Islamists from Yemen.
India continues security fence to prevent attacks by militants from Pakistani-administered Kashmir
BBC: 18 January 2004 - India will keep building a security fence to prevent attacks by militants from Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the country's top army officer says. India has already built a section of the security fence, which will eventually stretch hundreds of kilometres.

Pakistan has repeatedly criticised its construction.

The move comes as two gun battles in Indian-administered Kashmir left at least six suspected Islamic separatist militants and two Indian soldiers dead on Saturday.
JPost: India has decided not to present arguments at the Hague against the Israeli fence.