Israel begins building world-first sea barrier to stop Hamas terrorists
Israel has begun working on an ocean barrier along the Israeli coastline close to the Gaza border, aimed at preventing Muslim terrorists in Gaza from infiltrating into Israeli territory.
The barrier, which consists of fortified breakwater topped with barbed wire, is being constructed a few kilometres north of Gaza, between Zikim Beach and Gaza Beach, and is due to be completed by the end of the year.
The obstacle will consist of three components: an underwater level, topped by a layer of stone and a barbed wire fence along the crest. The entire barricade itself will be surrounded by another fortified fence.
The decision to erect the naval barricade was made after a terrorist cell managed to infiltrate into Israel by sea from the strip during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Since the operation, an underwater sensor system has been spread along the maritime border with northern Gaza, enabling the IDF to spot divers and swimmers in the area. It is tested every few weeks by army exercises and experiments that improve its capabilities.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the barrier would deny Hamas the “strategic capability” of using the sea to infiltrate Israel.
“Today we began setting up a sea barrier, the only one of its kind in the world, which will block the possibility of infiltration from Gaza to Israel via the sea,” Liberman said in a statement. “This is an additional setback for Hamas, which has lost another strategic capability that it has invested massive amounts in developing. We will continue to protect the citizens of Israel with might and sophistication.”