Israel has completed the construction of a 65-kilometer underground border wall along the Gaza Strip to eliminate the possibility of a tunnel attack by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has now stressed that the wall “robs Hamas of one of its capabilities and puts an iron wall, sensors and concrete between it and the inhabitants of the south,” reported Israeli media to The Jerusalem Post.
“We will prevent the transfer of Iranian knowledge and technology to Gaza, and we will continue to thwart any attempt by Hamas to operate its branches in Judea and Samaria or in Israel, which repeatedly fail,” added Gantz.
The structure was completed after around four years of construction – it began in 2017 – and includes an underground component with sensors, a fence on the surface, a sea barrier, radar systems and command and control rooms, said the ministry, which has encrypted more than 1,200 workers who participated in the work.
During the 2014 war, Hamas fighters used the tunnels several times to penetrate Israeli territory, with many of the corridors being destroyed by the Israeli army.