Turkey has finished construction on more than half of its 511-kilometer (317 miles) security wall along its border with Syria.
“The construction works are ongoing and we will complete it as soon as possible,” said Ergun Turan, president of Turkey’s state-owned housing agency TOKI.
Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 miles) border with Syria. Turkey has taken in more than 3 million Syrian refugees since conflict in the neighboring country erupted.
Ankara has been under pressure from the United States and Europe to seal its porous southern border, which has been used by the Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadist groups for smuggling weapons, supplies and fighters. After a military intervention into northern Syria in August, the Turkish military and allied rebel groups cleared ISIS from a section of the border.
Seeking to stem migration to Europe, the EU has remained largely silent about the wall’s impact on refugees.
Full article: Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall (World Tribune)