Riyadh has announced that it plans to build a 900-kilometre fence that will run along Saudi Arabia’s Iraq border as the security risk from smuggling, people trafficking and terrorist infiltrators.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that five layers of fencing will be built as well as 32 rapid response centres, 78 monitoring towers, 50 radars, three rapid reaction squads and 10 monitoring and surveillance vehicles.

The fence will be constructed from Hafar al-Batin, which lies near the Iraq-Kuwait border, to Turaif in the northeast of the kingdom.