Israel has announced the completion of an underground wall with sensors on the side of the Gaza Strip. This is a measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to blind their troops in the 2014 war.
In 2016, Israel unveiled a project that included ground fences, naval barriers, radar systems, and command and control rooms.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a Defense Ministry statement that “barriers, an innovative and technologically advanced project, are depriving Hamas of one of the capabilities it was trying to develop.” ..
“(It) places an” iron wall “, sensors, and concrete between terrorist organizations and the inhabitants of southern Israel,” he said of a project to strengthen existing border fences.
The ministry said the barrier, including hundreds of cameras, radars and other sensors, spanned 65 kilometers, and 140,000 tonnes of steel were used for construction, taking 3.5 years to complete.
The project’s “smart fence” is more than 6 meters high, and its maritime barriers include means to detect intrusions from the sea and remote-controlled weapon systems.
The ministry did not disclose the depth of the underground wall.
Gaza also has a 14 km long border with Egypt, which limits intersections due to safety concerns.
Since 2013, Egyptian troops have destroyed smuggling tunnels and Hamas has stepped up patrols on its side.
Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since the Muslim group seized control of the coastal Gaza Strip from an army loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.
In a recent conflict last May, Hamas and other militant groups launched more than 4,300 rockets in Israel, deployed Iron Dome interceptors in Israel, and carried out large-scale airstrikes in Gaza.
Israel completes underground Gaza barrier
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