Israel’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, announced on 7 December the end of construction of an underground barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip, intended to eliminate underground assault tunnels used by militias from the enclave in previous conflicts. The one-and-a-half-year construction process, which is expected to cost one billion euros, after starting in mid-2018.
The wall has an extension of 65 km and houses cameras, sensors and radars that will allow detection of potential drilling attempts and leaks. The barrier, which is an innovative and technologically advanced project, is one of the capabilities for Hamas terrorists that it tried to develop and put up an iron wall, sensors and concrete between the terrorist organization and the residents of southern Israel .
In 2014, the network of underground corridors used by Hamas to carry out attacks on Israeli territory was one of the reasons given by Israel for launching the “Protective Edge” operation, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis in 50 days. cause of death. , “This barrier will provide Israeli citizens with a sense of security, and allow the region to continue its development, explained Israel’s defense minister during a ceremony next to the border in southern Israel.”
Notably, more than 1,200 workers took part in the construction of the fence, part of which is submerged in the Mediterranean Sea and included a remotely operated weapon system.
In this context, on 17 December, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erden, led a group of 12 UN ambassadors on a tour of Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, in order to make them carry out terrorist attacks. A tunnel of the Hezbollah terrorist group was visible. Israel. A delegation made up of ambassadors from Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Hungary, Nauru, Palau, South Korea, Samoa, Uruguay and Zambia visited the tunnel at the border.
Erden explained that the trip was “designed to showcase Hezbollah’s murderous and extremist plan, which aims to “excavate the territory of the State of Israel and kill or kidnap as many civilians as possible.” Hezbollah has been planning this for years, yet the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) found out.”
The tunnels were found and sealed in 2018 and 2019. The Israeli military periodically visits tunnels on its borders with Lebanon and Gaza which pose a serious threat to Israel. Israel has long called for an offensive against Iran-backed Hezbollah, a heavily armed force estimated to have an arsenal of 130,000 rockets that could reach Israel.
The IDF carried out Operation Northern Shield between December 2018 and January 2019 in an effort to locate and destroy tunnels dug by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon to northern Israel. Altogether he found six of them passageways and defused them, either using explosives or filling them with concrete. The tunnels were built with the specific purpose of not allowing thousands of Hezbollah terrorists to infiltrate attacks against military and civilian targets in northern Israel as a surprise opening maneuver in a future war.
In January 2020, the IDF began installing a series of underground sensors along the northern border to detect new underground tunnels being dug from Lebanon to Israeli territory.