Israel starts building border fence on frontier with Jordan
An Israeli soldier stands near the border fence between Israel and Egypt as African would-be immigrants sit on the other side near the Israeli village of Be'er Milcha, in this September 6, 2012 file photo. Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions. To match Exclusive EUROPE-MIGRANTS/ISRAEL-FENCES REUTERS/Nir Elias/Files
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JERUSALEM :Israel has begun building a fence along part of the country’s eastern border with Jordan as Syrian civil war refugees and other migrants flee their countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday: “We see today what happens when countries lose control of their borders.” He seemed to be referring to the massive influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and African migrants heading to Europe.

Netanyahu earlier bemoaned the “human tragedy” of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided its victims. However, he said Israel is too small to take them.

Israel already built fences along its border with Egypt to stop African migrants and in the Golan Heights bordering Syria.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Saturday that Israel should take in a limited number of Syrian refugees.

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