Israeli defense contractors yesterday completed a new section of a wall along the Gaza Strip.
The wall, which is a bright green barrier along roads bordering Gaza, is intended to prevent Gazans from clearly seeing activity beyond the current fence.
After anti-tank fire, Gaza border roads get new protective walls https://t.co/0GeM3OmLFk
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) June 5, 2019
The project was originally planned almost a year ago but was officially started in early May due to the killing of an Israeli civilian whose car was struck by an anti-tank missile fired from the Strip.
Following the Israeli’s death, as well as the recent conflict and bombardment of Gaza by Israeli forces in early May, the roads were closed off and the train service stopped for days.
52 years ago, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip and has been fragmenting Palestinian space ever since, by annexing East Jerusalem, declaring military zones, restricting movement, stealing Palestinian lands, and building settlements and walls. https://t.co/HpSyWNkEOJ pic.twitter.com/t22JIDpwdG
— US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (@USCPR_) June 5, 2019
The building of the barrier itself cost a staggering 100 million shekels ($28 million) and is expected to be funded in full when a new government is formed after the snap Israeli elections on September 17.
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