Israeli official: Underground Gaza wall to be done in months
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.