Turkey’s Defence Ministry on Tuesday declared the completion of a 556 kilometre wall on the country’s border with Syria.
The concrete wall, which is three metres in height and two metres in width, began being built last year.
TOKİ ile birlikte yürüttüğümüz Sınır Fiziki Güvenlik Sistemi Projesi kapsamında Suriye sınırında 556 km'lik beton duvar inşaatı tamamlandı. pic.twitter.com/j6rDEgQ7ds
— Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) April 11, 2017
Turkey says the structure, the third largest in the world, will help in the fight against terrorist groups, which in Ankara’s view includes the Kurdish PYD and YPG, organisations supported by the anti-IS international coalition.
Critics have blasted the move saying it is to divide Kurdish majority areas in Syria’s north and Turkey’s southeast and was only built after the expansion of the Kurdish-led autonomous region in Syria’s north.
According to some sources the wall will be expanded across the 911 kilometre border however this has not been confirmed by authorities.