4 African migrants and 5 other people scaled the 5-meter (16′) fence to enter Israel illegally last month.
The African infiltrators are taken by law to Saharonim detention center for at least 3 years.
This March, only 2 people breached fence, in contrast with 1,611 March 2012.
By Lilach Shoval
For the first time since the recent construction of the security fence along Israel’s border with Egypt, four African infiltrators and five other individuals managed to breach the barrier and enter Israel during April.
Israel’s security fence along the border with Egypt – Photo: Reuters
The African infiltrators, who scaled the 5-meter (16-foot) fence to enter Israel illegally, were apprehended by Israel Defense Forces patrols in the area and transferred to the Saharonim detention center near the border, where by law they will be held for at least three years.
The fence, built to prevent migrants and terrorists from entering Israel through Sinai, was not expected to prevent 100 percent of infiltrations. IDF officials anticipated attempts to cross into Israel, over or under the fence.
“During the month of March, upon completion of the fence on the western border, only two infiltrators managed to enter Israel, in contrast with the 1,611 infiltrators in March last year,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
With the construction of the Egypt border security fence now almost complete, Israel is preparing to build another security fence, this time along the border with Syria in the north.
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