Turkey-Syria border wall to be completed by end of September
ANKARA - Anadolu AgencyThe construction of a concrete barrier along hundreds of kilometers of Turkey’s border with Syria is expected to be completed by the end of September, a Turkish official told state-run Anadolu Agency on Sept. 22.
A total of 731 kilometers (454 miles) of the border wall has already been finished, the official told the agency.
The remaining 97 km (60 miles) of the wall will be completed by the end of this month, the official added.
As part of Turkey’s measures to increase border security and to combat smuggling and illegal border crossings, Ankara launched the construction project in 2015 to build 828 km (514 miles) of the wall.
Turkey shares a 911 km (566-mile) border with Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011.
The border wall project incorporates physical, electronic and advanced technology layers.
The physical layer includes modular concrete walls, patrol routes, manned and unmanned towers and passenger tracks.
Modular walls are being erected along the Turkish-Syrian borderline with seven-ton mobile blocks, two meters wide and three meters high. The blocks have also been topped with one-meter-high razor wire.
An electronic layer consists of close-up surveillance systems, thermal cameras, land surveillance radar, remote-controlled weapons systems, command-and-control centers, line-length imaging systems and seismic and acoustic sensors.
The advanced technology layer of the project includes wide area surveillance, laser destructive fiber-optic detection, surveillance radar for drone detection, jammers and sensor-triggered short distance lighting systems.