Egyptian security officials are digging steel tubes into the ground on their side of the border and are paving a road that will have devices along its route to monitor smuggling.
Due to the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza, Palestinians are forced to build underground tunnels through the sand to bring a wide range of goods into the small territory, including food, fuel and cattle.
Egypt’s new wall will be about six miles long and “impossible to cut or melt”, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz said. Egypt is reluctant to take on full responsibility for Gaza’s future and is under pressure from the US and Israel to halt weapons smuggling.
The pictures below were taken on the Rafah border between Egypt and the Gaza strip showing Palestinian workers in a tunnel passing goods from Egypt into the Gaza strip.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad