Authorities in the US state of Arizona have agreed to remove a wall made of shipping containers at the Mexican border following protests.

The state's Republican governor, who had the barrier installed, argued that it would halt migrants crossing into America.

But critics who filed legal challenges have questioned this. The wall is made out of more than 900 containers and cost at least $80m (£66m) of taxpayer money.

Arizona shares a 600km (370 mile) border with Mexico. Fences have been built along large stretches of it since 2017, when Donald Trump became president.

Governor Doug Ducey began building the barrier in the Coronado National Forest earlier this year in response to what his office described as an "ominous increase" in the number of migrant crossings.

Figures show there has been a surge in the number of undocumented people attempting to cross into the US via the southwestern border in the past year.

However, the US government sued Mr Ducey last week, claiming the seven-kilometre (four-mile) wall was trespassing on federal land because the proper authorisation hadn't been sought.