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Israel Finishes Building Gaza Barrier, Tunnel Detection System

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, center, along the border with the Gaza Strip near Moshav Netiv HaAsara in southern Israel during an event marking the end of construction of a barrier fully enclosing the Palestinian enclave, on Dec. 7.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, center, along the border with the Gaza Strip near Moshav Netiv HaAsara in southern Israel during an event marking the end of construction of a barrier fully enclosing the Palestinian enclave, on Dec. 7.

Photographer: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel said it has completed the construction of a barrier along the Gaza Strip, which includes sensors to help thwart attacks by Palestinian militants using underground tunnels.

The barrier is 65 kilometers (40 miles) long and extends 6 meters (nearly 20 feet) above ground, with technology that also detects naval attacks from the blockaded enclave, according to a statement Israel’s Ministry of Defense issued on Tuesday.