WATCH: Israel Starts Building Massive Fence on Gaza Border


Israel says it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanized steel barrier six meters (20 feet) high that will run the length of territory.

Israel’s Defense Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying it had commenced construction of an above-ground barrier that complements a subterranean wall aimed at thwarting Hamas attack tunnels beneath the border.

The new construction is being termed “the Upper Fence” and once finished, will be approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles) long.

The fence’s construction comes after months of mass protests by Palestinians in Gaza along the border.

During this morning’s Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Last week we began work on the upper barrier fence on the border of Gaza. The barrier will prevent the intrusion of terrorists on Israeli soil. With that, I want to clarify, that should Gaza not do its part to maintain calm in the region, we know how to make decisions even during election season.”

The barrier is comprised of an inductive fence that has been strengthened to protect Israel in the face of the current weekly-mob attacks. It is similar in its function to the barrier on the Egyptian border and it weighs more than 20,000 tons.

This is the next phase in protecting the people of Israel. While the upper barrier is just one of the methods being used to work against the possible infiltrations of terrorists from Gaza.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)