Israeli Defense Ministry Director, Amos Yaron, reported on Monday morning that the construction of the Israeli Separation Wall in the southern West Bank will be completed by the end of 2005.

The Wall, under the current construction plan, will surround several areas between Hebron and Be’er Sheva, including Yateer village, south of the Hebron Mountain.

Yaron’s statements were made during a press conference about the Be’er Sheva suicide bombing that took place on Sunday, leaving several Israelis injured.  No fatalities were reported other than the bomber.  The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, and identified the bomber as Ayman Zaqzeeq, from Beit Ummar village, near Hebron.  The family of Zaqzeeq denied the report saying that their son is detained in an Israeli prison. The Israeli security also denied this report.

Yaron added that 65km of the Wall had already been constructed in the area, but that other sections of the southern West Bank remain unmonitored by the Israeli security, “which enables infiltrations into Israel through those sections’.