News Brief 6/1/2011, Iyar 28, 5771
50% Drop in Illegal Entry
Defense Ministry officials reported Wednesday that since the beginning of construction of a fence along Israel's border with Egypt, illegal entry to Israel along the border has dropped by 50% compared to the previous year. The drop follows several years of steadily increasing infiltrations along the border, primarily of citizens of Eritrea, Sudan and other African countries seeking work in Israel.
Officials believe the 100-kilometer border fence will be complete by the end of 2011.