A Palestinian looks at Israeli soldiers as they stand guard behind the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israel to build $570 M underground concrete wall to block Gaza tunnels

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Ynet Israeli newspaper on Thursday revealed Israel’s plans to build a concrete wall along the Gaza-Israeli borders, reportedly to halt the use of tunnels from Gaza.

According to Ynet, the wall will be dug to a depth of several dozen meters underground and will also be built above it.

It will stretch along the 60 miles of the southern border around the Gaza Strip, and will cost NIS 2.2 billion (approx $570 million).

The tunnels, dug by Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, are used as the only breather for Gaza, especially after Israel and Egypt both have closed their crossings to Gaza.

The Israeli military has been increasing its use of bulldozers on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border fence, while the Egyptian Authorities have drowned them with seawater.

This wall will be the third of its kind Israel has built along the border.

Ynet said that in addition, the Israeli army is currently erecting a wall around sections of the border with Lebanon, adjecent to which a number of Israeli towns are located.

In 2002, Israel erected the wall in the West Bank which in 2008 was 252 miles long, and will be eventually 491 miles long.