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The underground barrier and fences system along the Gaza Strip border will soon be complemented by a new impregnable naval barrier at the Zikim Beach near the Gaza strip. The construction works commenced by the Ministry of Defense’s Engineering and Construction Department and the Border Administration.
This new response to the security threat was designed to withstand hostile weather conditions at sea and to be used by the defense administration for many years ahead.
The decision to construct the naval barricade was made, among other considerations, after a terrorist cell managed to infiltrate into Israel by sea from the Gaza strip during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
According to the Ministry’s announcement, the works will be completed by the end of the year. The barrier, an impregnable breakwater, will consist of three layers: an underwater level, topped by a layer of stone and a barbed wire fence along the crest. In addition, the entire barricade itself will be surrounded by another fortified fence.
According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, “this barrier is the only one of its kind in the world, which will block the possibility of infiltration from Gaza to Israel via the sea”. “This is an additional setback for Hamas, which will lose another strategic capability that it has invested massive amounts in developing. We will continue to protect the citizens of Israel with might and sophistication.”