In the arid desert of Northern Sinai, prefabricated buildings are taking shape among the stunted cacti and sparse scrub.
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Background: In the arid desert of Northern Sinai, prefabricated buildings are taking shape among the stunted cacti and sparse scrub.
When completed they will form "Dekala", a new 500 acre Israeli outpast settlement, where it is planned to grow vegetables for export.
Israel is establishing a number of such outposts, manned by young members of Nahal, the organisation which combines military service with farming settlement, in the areas it occupied after the Six-Day War in 1967. Last week Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir said that they would be set up 'in locations where the Government feels that security requirements call for them'.
Dekala, which stands between Rafah and El Arish, and had its opening ceremony yesterday (July 13), is ringed with fences, posts and watchtowers. It is the third such outpost, and in contrast to the first two, the security arrangements were erected before any housing or agricultural installations. The area is especially dangerous, the scene of some of the most bitter battles of the Six-Day War.
While the opening ceremony was taking place, an advance party of the soldiers who will garrison Dekala, were erecting prefabricated barracks for their comrades, due to arrive later on Sunday.
Parents and friends of the settlers came out for the inauguration ceremony, which was addressed by Tat. Alouf (Brigadier-General) Asher Lewi. It was also a last chance for some of the soldiers to enjoy a little time with their girl-friends before the long lonely desert duty begins in earnest.