REGNUM.RU – Turkey begins constructing a wall on the border with Iran

Sourced and translated from https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2308226.html
‘Турция начала строительство стены на границе с Ираном’

 

Ankara explains that the construction of the wall will protect against Kurdish rebels

ANKARA: Regnum reports – Turkish authorities have begun construction on a border wall with Iran, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on August 8.

The wall will reportedly consist of concrete blocks – 3 metres in length and weighing 7 tons each. The project is designed to strengthen the borders of Agra, Igdir and Kars provinces.

According to the publication, Suleiman Elban, governor of the province of Agra, visited the section of the border in which construction work begun.

Recall that Turkish plans to erect a wall along the 70-kilometer border with Iran were announced in May 2017. Ankara links the need for additional protection on its southern borders with the actions of Kurdish rebels based in Iran, who have been raiding Turkish territory from the country.

Turkey is currently completing the construction of a similar structure on the border with Syria. This wall is designed to defend against insurgents from the “Islamic State” (the organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation), who are trying to enter Turkish territory – as well as members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

 

Featured image: World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland, Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip ErdoganCC BY-SA 2.0Featu

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