$570m Underground Wall to Block Gaza Tunnels Underway

16 Jun
8:59 PM

Israeli news site Ynet, on Thursday revealed the Israeli state’s plans to build a concrete wall along the Gaza-Israeli borders, reportedly to halt the use of tunnels from Gaza.

According to Ynet, the wall will be dug to a depth of several dozen meters underground and will also be built above it.

It will stretch along 60 miles of the southern border around the Gaza Strip, and will cost NIS 2.2 billion (approx $570 million).

The tunnels, dug by Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, are used as the only breather for Gaza, especially after Israel and Egypt both have closed their crossings to Gaza.

The Israeli military has been increasing its use of bulldozers on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border fence, while Egyptian authorities have swamped them with seawater.

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This wall, according to the PNN, will be the third of its kind that the Israeli government has built along the border.

Ynet said that, in addition, the Israeli army is currently erecting a wall around sections of the border with Lebanon, adjacent to which a number of Israeli towns are located.

In 2002, Israel erected the wall in the occupied West Bank which, in 2008, was 252 miles long, and will be eventually 491 miles long.

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