Turkey to finish 911-kilometer-long wall on Syrian border

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Workers build concrete wall along the border with Syria in Sanliurfa, Turkey on January 9, 2017 to take action against illegal crossings as part of increased security measures. Turkey will complete a 911-kilometer-long wall along its border with Syria in April. AFP

A wall that Turkey has been building on its border with Syria to prevent illegal crossings is expected to be completed in April, with only 28 kilometers of the 911-kilometer-long wall remaining to be finished.

Turkey has long been criticized for its porous border with Syria, which allegedly enabled extremists and terrorists to cross to and from Syria relatively freely.

The wall will reportedly be the third largest of its kind in the world.

The pro-government media have run stories claiming that people are happy to see a wall going up in the region.

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, Turkey has opened its border gates to Syrians as part of its policy aimed at toppling President Bashar al Assad.

Turkey to complete Syria border wall

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