Saudi Arabia intends to construct a 900km fence along its border with Iraq as part of efforts to clamp down on the number of “infiltrators, drug traffickers, weapon and cattle smugglers”.
The project was unveiled in a story filed by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency.
It will involve five layers of fencing as well as watch towers, night-vision cameras and radars aimed at tackling an increasingly unstable situation in the neighbouring country.
The highly-fortified fence will reportedly have 32 rapid response centres, three rapid intervention squads, 38 back and front gates, 78 monitoring towers, 10 monitoring and surveillance vehicles, 1,450,000 metres of fiber optics networks and 50 radars.
It will stretch from Hafar al-Batin, near the Iraq-Kuwait border, to the northeast town of Turaif.
The border force will involve includes 3,397 trainees and 60 trainers.
Just last week at the annual CW Leaders in Construction UAE Summit, Steven Miller, senior vice president – business development at Shapoorji Pallonji, said Saudi Arabia, the GCC’s biggest construction market, could be forced into military action in Iraq to protect its own interests.