Israel Begins Building Its 'Big Beautiful [Smart] Wall' Along the Gaza Border

Israel Begins Building Its 'Big Beautiful [Smart] Wall' Along the Gaza Border

The protesters want to be able to return to the homes their families fled in the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948, and are calling for an end to the Isreaeli blockade of Gaza.

Israel has begun construction on a taller, larger, bigger above-ground "smart fence" along the Gaza border, to accompany the partially-completed underground barrier which includes advanced sensors and monitoring devices used to detect subterranean terrorist tunnels.

Israel has begun building a new barrier along its border with Gaza, the Defence Ministry announced on Sunday (Feb 3).

The new wall will be 65 kilometres long, made from galvanised steel and will be around six-metres-high.

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"The TIPH was part of an worldwide framework to contain and solve the Middle East conflict on which parties had agreed at the beginning of the Oslo process", Germany's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "If the quiet is not maintained in Gaza, we will not hesitate to act".

The protesters waved Palestinian flags, chanted anti-Israel slogans, burned tires, cut the barbed wire of the border's fence, and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, according to eyewitnesses.

Palestinians in Gaza continuously cut the wire fence that now exists, in order to try to cross into Israel. At least 246 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30.

They discussed earlier Friday with Islamic Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh on the reinforcement of a calm understanding reached with Israel in November, according to Haniyeh.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said.

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