Israel has begun construction of a massive underground wall along the border with the besieged Gaza Strip.
Israel military officials said that work on the underground barrier had started in recent weeks
The IDF’s ‘largest-ever project’ will see construction of concrete wall above and below ground, in a bid to thwart Hamas attack tunnels
Press TV reports:
The first part of the underground barrier, which will have above-ground sections as well, will run for 10 kilometers (over six miles).
One Israeli source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Tel Aviv regime has already allotted some $160 million to build one section of the underground concrete barrier.
The barrier would have sensors to detect digging and eventually run the length of the 60-kilometre (35-mile) Gaza border, according to Ynet.
Israel says the plan is aimed at blocking the cross-border tunnels, which are used by Gazans to bring basic goods such as food and construction material in the coastal enclave amid a crippling Israeli siege.
Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, said that “the Palestinian people and the resistance can overcome all the obstacles made by the occupation.”
The Gaza Strip has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The siege denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, proper job, and adequate healthcare and education.