Israel happy with Egypt's construction of Gaza wall

Hamas condemned it as a "wall of death" for the occupied land that already have been for years under Israel siege.

Israel happy with Egypt's construction of Gaza wall

An Israeli military officer said on Wednesday an underground wall that Egypt is building along its border with the Gaza Strip will significantly make things difficult for Palestinians using tunnels when is completed.

But the officer said, it may be months before it is finished.

"The wall definitely has the potential to make things difficult, though it won't stop hermetically," an Israeli military officer briefed on Gaza intelligence said.
"There has certainly been an effect already. It's driving Hamas crazy."

Cairo has played down the scope of the dig on the 14-km (8-mile)-long frontier.

But Hamas condemned it as a "wall of death" for the occupied land that already have been for years under Israel siege.

Asked when the Egyptian wall might be finished, the officer, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said: "If they work 24/7, it will still take a protracted period -- months."

Egyptian officials have said steel tubes were being placed at several points along the frontier to form a wall.

1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.


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