The Saudi regime has inaugurated a multilayered fence along its northern borders, as part of the efforts to secure the Persian Gulf kingdom’s vast desert frontiers against infiltrators and smugglers, state media reported.
Saudi Monarch King Abdullah announced late Friday the launch of the first stage of a border security program covering 900 kilometers (560 miles) of the northern frontier, SPA state news agency reported.
SPA, however, did not name Iraq, Saudi Arabia’s northern neighbor, referring only to the northern frontier, but the two nation’s common border stretches over 800 kilometers (500 miles).
The project includes five layers of fencing which will cut the “number of infiltrators, drug, arms and cattle smugglers to zero,” SPA claimed.
The claim comes while Iraqi authorities have widely blamed the Saudi regime for funding, supplying and supporting Takfiri terrorists that have been waging a massive terror war across Iraq to destabilize the Arab country.
It said surveillance would be reinforced by watch towers, night-vision cameras and 50 radars.
Control complexes have been built in areas stretching from Hafr al-Batin in the northeast to Turaif near the Jordanian border, SPA said.
This is while Relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia have been deeply strained.
In July 2009, Riyadh signed a deal with European aerospace and defense contractors EADS to build a high-tech security fence on 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) of the country’s borders.
The original aim was to secure the Saudi border with Iraq with fencing and high-tech monitoring.
But with increased worries over infiltration by anti-government militants and Al-Qaeda, the Saudi interior ministry expanded the scope of the program to fence and electronically monitor all of the country’s borders.