Israel announces completion of underground Gaza border barrier

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Assessment: Chief of staff says barrier, which includes hundreds of cameras, radars and other sensors is a game changer; Gantz tells Hamas reality in Strip can change after calm and return of Israelis held bt terror group …

Israel on Tuesday announced the completion of a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of the Gaza border, a counter-measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to blindside its troops in a 2014 war.

Israel went public with the project, which also includes an above-ground fence, a naval barrier, radar systems and command and control rooms, in 2016. 

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“The barrier, which is an innovative and technologically advanced project, deprives Hamas of one of the capabilities it tried to develop,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. 

“(It) places an ‘iron wall’, sensors and concrete between the terror organization and the residents of Israel’s south,” he said of the project, which beefs up an existing border fence. 

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Chief of Military Staff Aviv Kochavi said the wall was a key part of Israel’s defense conception on land, air and sea. “The barrier is a game changer,” he said. 

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