Israel says it has started construction of a galvanized steel barrier 20 feet high that will run the length of its frontier border with the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s Defense Ministry issued a statement Sunday, saying it had started construction of an above-ground barrier that complements a subterranean wall aimed at thwarting Hamas attack tunnels beneath the border.
“Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting.
The barrier “will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground,” he said.
Palestinians have gathered almost weekly for a year for protests that have often turned violent.
Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out violence, including killing two Israeli soldiers, launching rockets and arson balloons.