Israel starts building underground wall along Gaza border to counter Hamas tunnels
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has started work on a massive underground concrete wall along the Gaza Strip border to prevent Hamas militants from digging tunnels into Israeli territory and using them in their attacks, Israeli officials say.
Israeli defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to AP that the construction of the barrier began several weeks ago. They also said that the wall is expected to stretch along the entire Israeli border with Gaza, which is about 60 kilometers long.
The officials also said that the concrete wall will reach dozens of meters below ground. However, construction only entered its initial phase and could take years, they added, as reported by AP.
In the meantime, Israeli Ynet news outlet reported that the works on the wall began along all towns considered to be next to the fence with Gaza. It also said that the new wall will be equipped with sensors able to detect digging. – READ MORE