One Country Starts Fence to Keep Out Migrants

It's not their first fence, either
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2015 4:15 PM CDT
A crow sits on a barbwire fence on the Mediterranean sea beach front near Kibbutz Zikim, on the Israel-Gaza border, July 9, 2015.    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – Israel has begun building a fence along part of the country's eastern border with Jordan as Syrian civil war refugees and other migrants flee their countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today: "We see today what happens when countries lose control of their borders." He seemed to be referring to the massive influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and African migrants heading to Europe. Netanyahu earlier bemoaned the "human tragedy" of Syria's civil war and said Israel has aided its victims. However, he says Israel is too small to take them.

Israel already built fences along its border with Egypt to stop African migrants and in the Golan Heights bordering Syria. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said yesterday that Israel should take in a limited number of Syrian refugees. (Meanwhile, Germany and Austria have opened their arms to migrants.)

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