The Finance Ministry has proposed closing the holding facility for illegal infiltrators near the Sinai border, according to a Friday-morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. The proposal is part of the financial-arrangements bill accompanying the 2013-2014 budget and is scheduled for a ministerial vote on Monday.
Fifty million shekels have been invested in the facility and closing it will save the investment of another 300 million. The facility, designed to hold 5,000 was ordered about a year ago, at the height of illegal infiltrations from Egypt. With the completion of the anti-infiltration barrier along the barrier, the phenomenon of illegal infiltration appears to have been drastically reduced.