Construction of steel, smart barrier began over the weekend; Fence will support existing underground and sea barriers; Netanyahu: If the quiet is not maintained in Gaza, we will make the decisions even in the elections period and will not hesitate to act.
Israel began construction on an overground, smart barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s Defense Ministry confirmed construction began over the weekend on Israel’s latest defense against terror and ongoing violent protests and infiltration from Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The fence is made of steel and will include sensors and tracing technologies along the border with Gaza.
Israel’s Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday, “The barrier will be 65 kilometers long and will be six-meter-high, along the border from Kerem Shalom in the south and will be connected to the new sea barrier Israel is building. The border is uniquely and especially suited to threats from the Gaza Strip and will give a comprehensive solution to prevent entry into Israel.” It reported that the new fence has “significant improvements and includes innovative security elements.”
The new barrier will provide an additional layer of security to the already existing underground and sea barriers.
During his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the new barrier and ongoing violent protests from Hamas and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. He stated Sunday, “The barrier will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground. I would also like to make it clear: If the quiet is not maintained in Gaza, we will make the decisions even in the elections period and will not hesitate to act.”
The fence is expected to be completed towards the end of 2019.
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