Syria–Turkey barrier

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Turkish border guards manning armoured vehicles disperse protesters with a water cannon along the Turkey–Syria fence in Kobanî.[1]

The Syria–Turkey barrier is a wall and fence under construction along the Syria–Turkey border aimed at preventing illegal crossings and smuggling from Syria into Turkey.[2][3] The 828 km (515-mile)[4] wall is being built by TOKI, Turkey's state-owned construction enterprise,[5] and will comprise Turkey's entire border with Syria. It will be made of seven-tonne concrete blocks topped with razor wire and stand three metres (9.8 feet) high and two metres (6.6 feet) wide;[6] it will include 120 border towers in critical locations and a security road[2] with regular military patrols.[6] With construction having begun in 2014,[7] 781 km of the border wall has been completed as of December 2017, and it is expected to be completed by spring 2018.[8]

The construction of armored Cobra II military vehicles, which are now being used to patrol the border to Syria, has been funded by the European Union.[9]

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  1. ^ "AP: In the Turkish forces attack, 1 killed in Kobani, dozens injured". Voice of America. 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Reuters: "Turkish developer confident Syria wall in place by spring" By Nevzat Devranoglu and Orhan Coskun December 9, 2016
  3. ^ The Daily Telegraph: "Turkey to build 500-mile wall on Syria border after Isil Suruc bombing" by Nabih Bulos 23 Jul 2015
  4. ^ Daily Sabah: "Turkey-Syria border wall construction nears completion" 11 Jun 2017
  5. ^ "Turkey's 'great wall' nearing completion". Al Monitor. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b Business Insider: "Turkey is getting close to finishing its border wall with Syria" by Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler September 28, 2016
  7. ^ Afanasieva, Dasha (5 May 2014). "Turkey builds wall in token effort to secure border with Syria". Reuters.
  8. ^ Hurriyet Daily News: "Turkey-Syria border wall to be completed by spring" 18 Dec 2017
  9. ^ Popp, Maximillian., EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border, Spiegel Online, 29 March 2018

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