Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says

A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said yesterday, Reuters reported.

Construction on a border wall to combat smuggling and illegal migration started as early as 2014 even as Turkey maintained an open-border policy that has seen nearly 3 million Syrians seek refuge in the country.

"Construction will be completed within five months," the official said, declining to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. He said winter conditions would be a challenge to the timetable, however.

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