Military Capabilities

Israel makes progress on Gaza maritime barrier

09 August 2018

One of the first images of the new sea barrier that the Israeli MoD released on 5 August. Source: Israeli Ministry of Defence

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) released the first images of the coastal defense barrier that it is constructing in the sea on the country’s maritime border with the Gaza Strip on 5 August.

“We are working full steam to complete the work on the naval barrier, which is expected to be done by the end of the year,” an MoD statement quoted Brigadier General Eran Ofir, head of the Borders Administration, as saying.

The MoD announced on 27 May that it has begun work on an “impenetrable” costal defence barrier with the Gaza Strip near Zikim beach. It will consist of a breakwater-type structure that is 50 m wide and projects 200 m into the sea. This will have a 6 m-high fence on top and sensors to alert operators of any suspicious activity.

“This is the only barrier of its kind in the world, which will in effect block the possibility of infiltration of Israel from Gaza via the sea,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated at the end of May. “Hamas will lose another strategic ability, in which it invested large sums.”

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