Is­raeli of­fi­cial: Un­der­ground Gaza wall to be done in months

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

BEERSHEBA, Is­rael — A se­nior Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cial on Sun­day said a mas­sive un­der­ground bar­rier be­ing built along the Gaza bor­der to de­fend against Ha­mas tun­nels should be fin­ished in a mat­ter of months, deal­ing what he said would be a se­ri­ous blow to the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group.

The South­ern Com­mand of­fi­cial said the struc­ture was at the fore­front of a new ef­fort meant to rob Ha­mas of one of its most po­tent weapons.

Dur­ing a 2014 war, Ha­mas mil­i­tants on sev­eral oc­ca­sions made their way into Is­rael through a tun­nel net­work, though they did not man­age to reach civil­ian ar­eas. Is­rael de­stroyed 32 tun­nels dur­ing that con­flict and has made neu­tral­iz­ing the tun­nel threat a top pri­or­ity. In re­cent weeks, Is­rael is be­lieved to have be­gun work on a 40-mile un­der­ground bar­rier ex­pected to stretch dozens of yards deep.

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