4 Feb 2019

Israel starts building massive fence on Gaza border

3:31 pm on 4 February 2019

Israel says it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanised steel barrier six metres high that will run the length of territory.

Israeli soldiers carry away an injured Palestinian who tried to approach the border fence east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on June 27, 2018.

Photo: AFP

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

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

Nearly 190 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since they began last March. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper last July.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the new barrier "will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground".

- AP

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