WATCH: World-first underwater barrier on the Gaza border unveiled
The Defense Ministry releases first images of the underwater barrier under construction along the Gaza Strip border designed to prevent maritime infiltrations into Israel by terror groups in Gaza.
The barrier is made up of three layers, including one below sea level, a layer of armored stone and a third layer with barbed wire. In addition, a fence will surround the breakwater to provide a final measure of security.
In a statement, the Defense Ministry says that at its completion, the sea barrier will be 200 meters long and 50 meters wide with a 6-meter-high fence along the top.
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.
Armed with automatic weapons, fragmentation grenades and several types of explosive devices, they were engaged and eliminated by the IDF in a combined attack from the sea, ground and air.
The barrier is expected to be completed this year, but in its statement today, the Defense Ministry not say whether the project would be completed on schedule.