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An advanced, technological game-changing project has been completed along Israel’s border with Gaza. Israel has finished installing a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of the Gaza border, a counter-measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to pass into Israel. The depth of the underground wall was not disclosed.
The project which beefs up an existing border fence also includes an above-ground fence, a naval barrier, radar systems and command and control rooms.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the project “places an ‘iron wall’, sensors and concrete between the terror organization and the residents of Israel’s south.”
The barrier, which is made of five complementary defense arrays, includes hundreds of cameras, radars and other sensors, and spans 65 kilometers (40 miles). Some 140,000 tons of iron and steel were used in its construction, which took 3.5 years to complete, according to the Israel Ministry of Defense. The “smart fence” is more than 6 meters (20 feet) high and its maritime barrier includes means to detect infiltration by sea and a remote-controlled weapons system.
A similar project is expected along Israel’s border with Lebanon to defend against aggression from Hezbollah.
Chief of Military Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said the wall was “a key part of Israel’s defense conception on land, air and sea, and represented an out-of-the-box thinking.”
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