Jun 10 2018

Turkey constructs 764 km security wall along Syria border

Turkey has constructed a 764-kilometer (475-mile) concrete wall along the country’s border with Syria in order to prevent illegal crossings and smuggling, and bolster security, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

News on the wall arrives amid an ongoing cross-border military operation into Syria by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) aimed at destroying Syrian Kurdish militia, namely the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara labels a terrorist organization.

The wall, constructed in six Turkish provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Mardin, and Sirnak, incorporates layers of physical, electronic and advanced technology, the agency said.

The main portion of the wall (564 kilometers) was built by state-backed housing agency TOKI, while the other 200 kilometers were constructed by the governorates of the border provinces, the agency added.

The news agency also reported that Turkey had almost finished building a 144-kilometer wall along the country’s border with Iran.

Turkey is a key country for migrants and refugees attempting to settle in Europe. More than 17,000 migrants entered Turkey via Iran so far in 2018.