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Israel’s military to build Cyprus surveillance system to monitor border

A Greek police officer, foreground, stands guard as UN peacekeepers block the closed crossing point in the divided capital of Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A Greek police officer, foreground, stands guard as UN peacekeepers block the closed crossing point in the divided capital of Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus signs a deal for Israel’s military to build an electronic surveillance system, monitoring activity along the UN-patrolled Green Line across the divided Mediterranean island.

“It is an electronic surveillance system that will provide us with images 24 hours a day,” says Cypriot Defense Ministry spokesperson Christos Pieris. “It will be installed at various points on the Green Line.”

The 180-kilometer (112-mile) Green Line has split the island from east to west since 1974. It divides the Republic of Cyprus, the European Union’s most easterly member, from the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Ankara.

The surveillance system will monitor activity such as smuggling and illegal migration, as well as provide military intelligence, officials say. The security system, costing 27.5 million euros ($32 million), is expected to take three years to complete.

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