Defense Ministry Unveils Gaza Maritime Barrier

The sea barrier which Israel built at its border with Gaza to prevent Hamas’ raids by its naval commandos. (Defense Ministry Spokesman)

The Defense Ministry released images Sunday showing the progress on the underwater barrier under construction at the Zikim Beach, along the Gaza Strip border, designed to prevent maritime infiltrations by terror groups.

The Defense Ministry said that at its completion the barrier will be 200 meters (660 feet) long, 50 meters (164 feet) wide, with a fence of 6 meters (20 feet) along the top.

Additional measures will be installed to provide full coverage of the entire sea against infiltrations. The decision to erect an upgraded naval barrier was made as a result of lessons learned during Operation Protective Edge of 2014. In that attempt, Hamas terrorists managed to swim onto Israeli shores north of the Gaza Strip before they were targeted by an IDF airstrike.

In a statement Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised the “impressively fast” pace of construction.


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