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IDF Gaza border

Israel plans to build a concrete wall tens of meters deep underground as well as above ground along the border with the Gaza Strip border to thwart attempts by the Hamas terror organization to dig tunnels into Israel which are then used to commit terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

Israel Radio reported that the estimated cost of building a huge concrete wall underground to block Hamas from digging terror tunnels stands at NIS 2.2 billion ($570 million).

Israel’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report.

Israel’s Yediot Aharonot reported Thursday that the concrete wall will be the third such defense system Israel has built along the border with Gaza

The first 60-kilometer barrier was constructed in 1994 following the Oslo Accords while the second system was built following the decision to disengage from Gaza in 2005. Neither of the efforts, however, provided comprehensive solutions to the threat of Hamas’ attack tunnels.

In May and April, the IDF uncovered two Hamas terror tunnels that crossed into Israel, the first such discoveries since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014.

In a parallel effort, the IDF is currently erecting a wall around sections of the border with Lebanon, adjacent to which a number of Israeli towns are located. Construction of the wall was decided following public proclamations by Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to attack Israeli communities in the Gallilee and hold on to them for a day or two.

At present, there is a fence along the border, but the wall is intended to make an infiltration by enemy forces even more difficult.

By: United with Israel Staff