Israel's defense ministry reveals progress of sea barrier with Gaza
Israel Ministry of Defense
Israel’s Ministry of Defense released pictures Sunday of the ongoing construction of a sea barrier along the Gaza Strip’s northern border, aimed at preventing coastal attacks and further limiting Hamas’ ability to reach the Jewish State.
"The construction of the barrier around the Gaza Strip, both land and sea, is progressing at a rapid and impressive pace, and every day that passes, our counterterrorism capabilities around the Gaza Strip are growing stronger,” said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
“Hamas loses every day its capabilities to harm Israel,” Liberman added in his tweet Sunday.
The ministry's announcement comes as Egypt and the United Nations are pushing to broker a multi-phased proposal that would ease conditions in the Strip while also firming up a long-term ceasefire with Israel.
The barrier’s construction began two months ago and was said to be conceived as a lesson learned from the was first conceived following the last war in the strip in 2014, also referred to as Operation Protective Edge (“Tzuk Eitan” in Hebrew), when Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants who had managed to infiltrate by sea.
6 meters high, 200 meters long and 50 meters wide, the barrier separating the coastal enclave from Israel’s Zikim beach, is slated for completion at the end of the year.
Additional measures will supplement the barrier to provide coverage of the entire sea against infiltrations, the ministry stated.
"We are working with all our might to complete the work on the maritime barrier that is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The barrier, an impermeable type of pier, will consist of three layers, including a layer below sea level, an additional layer of armor stone and a third layer of barbed-wire fence,” said Brigadier General Eran Ophir, Head of Borders and Sewer.
“In addition to the three layers, another fence ("the hourglass") will surround the compound that will provide a response to the security threat,” he added.
Israel and Hamas were brought to the brink of a full-scale war in two separate military flare-ups in July over the “fire kites” as Israel struck targets in response to the attacks, prompting several barrages of Hamas rocket fire and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes that marked some of the fiercest clashes since 2014.
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Lieberman should talk a LOT less.