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Israel completes construction of Gaza wall

The Defence Ministry announced the 65km-long and 6m-high wall including an underground barrier with sensors and a weapons system is now operational

Israel, on Tuesday, announced the completion of constructing a concrete wall around the blockaded Gaza Strip, Anadolu News Agency reports.

A Defence Ministry statement said the 65-kilometre-long (some 41 miles), 6-metre-high wall has an underground barrier with sensors, a sea barrier that includes means to detect intrusion at sea and a controlled weapons system.

The barrier is also equipped with a set of radars and cameras and command and control rooms.

Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, said the barrier "prevents Hamas from one of their capabilities and places an iron wall between it and the residents of the south."

Israel is currently completing another wall in the occupied West Bank that it built in 2002.

Israel cites "security reasons" for constructing the barrier, but the Palestinians and the United Nations say that its construction aims "to annex Palestinian lands to Israel."

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