April 30, 2007 / 11:13 AM / 12 years ago

FACTBOX: Walls around the world

(Reuters) - A controversial project by American soldiers to divide neighborhoods in Baghdad has drawn attention to new and planned border walls and fences around the world, which exceed in length the defunct Iron Curtain.

Here is a partial list:

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers began building wall of 12 foot (3.5 meter) concrete slabs on April 10, planned for 3 miles around Sunni district of Adhamiya

JERUSALEM - Concrete wall up to 18 feet high, separates Arab east Jerusalem from West Bank. Planned to run 436 miles and more than half complete.

U.S.-MEXICO - Metal wall to prevent entry to United States seen as model for 700 miles along 2,000 mile (3,200 km) U.S.-Mexico border

PAKISTAN-INDIA - Barbed wire fences, fortifications along roughly half the 1,800 mile border. Plans to fence off most of the border

PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN - Pakistan has announced plans to wall and fence off Taliban routes along 1,500 mile border. Preliminary work has begun on 20 miles

INDIA-BANGLADESH - Plans for fences to stop illegal trade and infiltrators along most of the 2,550 mile frontier. Fence already in place between state of West Bengal and Bangladesh

THAILAND-MALAYSIA - Planned 17-mile wall to stop smuggling and illegal border crossing from Malaysia. Proposal to fence off entire 310 mile border on hold

MOROCCO-WESTERN SAHARA - Walls made of earth, rock and sand, stretching 1,700 miles between Morocco and Western Sahara. At least 200,000 mines seeded along the line

CEUTA AND MELILLA-NORTHERN MOROCCO - Wealthy Spanish enclaves separated from Morocco by parallel fences 10 to 20 feet high. Runs 7 miles.

SAUDI ARABIA-YEMEN - Construction of wall consisting of pipelines filled with concrete begun in 2003, halted after protests a year later

SAUDI ARABIA-IRAQ - Saudi Arabia has invited bids for 550 mile high-tech barrier to prevent unrest spilling over from Iraq

KUWAIT-IRAQ - Kuwait has built electrified fences, berms and a deep trench along its entire 135 mile border

Compiled by Bernd Debusmann

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