Israel has begun building an underwater sea barrier to prevent Palestinian infiltrators from entering Israel by sea, the Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.
Building began at the northern Gaza border, on Zikim beach. According to Erez Cohen, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Engineering and Construction Department, work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The barrier will consist of three layers, including one below sea level, a layer of armored stone and a third layer with barbed wire. An additional fence will surround the sea fence. The Defense Ministry described the barrier as "an impenetrable breakwater."
"This barrier is one-of-a-kind in the world," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The barrier "Will effectively block any possibility of entering Israel by sea. This will further thwart Hamas’s loss of strategic capabilities," he added.
The state decided to erect a sea barrier during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when several Hamas terrorists entered Israel by sea and were killed by the military.