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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reported that his country has begun to build a barrier in the sea off the Gaza Strip to prevent Palestinian extremists from entering Israeli territory.
Israel began today (27.05.2018) the construction of a submarine barrier in the maritime delimitation with the Gaza Strip in order to “prevent infiltrations”, announced the Ministry of Defense. “This action will defeat the objectives of Hamas, which will lose another strategic capacity and huge amounts of money,” said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the control of the Islamist movement in the coastal enclave, and who is responsible for incursions into territory. Israeli.
According to the Ministry of Defense, it is a kind of breakwater whose construction should be completed by the end of the year. The barrier, made of stones and fences, will be impenetrable and will have three levels, one of them below the surface of the water, the ministry said.
Loss of strategic capacity
During the Gaza war in 2014, some commandos of the Islamist movement Hamas managed to enter by sea into Israel, something that the new facility must prevent in the future. In this way, the radical Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, will lose another strategic capacity, Lieberman said.
Underground ground barrier
In addition, the Israeli authorities are building an underground barrier on the land border with Gaza to neutralize the infiltration tunnels of Palestinian armed militias, which was the reason why Israel launched the Margen Protector military operation in 2014.
The so-called “Obstacle” project consists of a 65-kilometer-long wall, and is equipped with electronic sensors to detect any attempted drilling.
Israel has maintained a blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007, when Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union, the United States and other countries, took control of the coastal enclave.
“The biggest prison in the world”
The organizers of the protests that began on March 30 on the Gaza Strip boundary with Israel announced today that a ship will leave on Tuesday to break the blockade. The Strip is currently “the largest prison in the world,” they reported.
Some 120 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more wounded since March 30 in clashes with Israeli soldiers near the security fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.
The head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahiya Sinwar, called for continuing the massive anti-Israel protests on June 5, the anniversary of the end of the Six Day War in 1967, during which Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.