Israel Begins Building Massive Fence on Gaza Border

Over the weekend we initiated building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting

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JERUSALEM — Israel: Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Sunday it has begun the final phase of construction of a stimulated steel barrier 20 feet high that will run the length of its frontier border with the Gaza Strip.

The 20,000 ton barrier will spread for 40 miles along the Gaza border and have a “smart fence” that can detect Hamas attack tunnels underground.

“Over the weekend we initiated building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting.

The barrier “will stop terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground,” he said.

The wall resembles one along the Egyptian border, but more cultured. “The barrier is similar to the one on the Egyptian border, but it has significant excellence and includes innovative security elements,” accords to the statement from the ministry.

The project will be completed by the end of 2019 and will cost about $833 million.

Israel began assembling the new barrier around the Strip in 2016. Israel first focused on the underground portion after the 2014 Gaza war in which Hamas used underground terror tunnels to attack Israeli troops.

Palestinians have congregated almost weekly for a year for protests that have often turned violent.

Israel blames Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out violence, including killing two Israeli soldiers, launching rockets and arson balloons.

Source: http://www1.cbn.com

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