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IDF accelerates development of ‘Obstacle’ defense system against Hamas tunnels
Following persistent pressure from citizens living near the Gaza Strip, the IDF has decided to fast track the Obstacle defense system to block Hamas tunnels and other threats from Gaza.

Two years after Operation Protective Edge was carried out in the Gaza Strip, Israeli security forces have decided to step up plans to develop a new defense system called the Obstacle, which aims to address the threat of underground tunnels dug by Hamas forces coming from Gaza into Israel.

 

 

A representative of the Defense Ministry met with Southern Command officers to hammer out the details for accelerating the project's development. As Hamas tunnels pose a serious threat to Israel’s security, the Obstacle was granted significant funding to come up with a realistic solution.

 

IDF soldiers defending settlemetns along the Gaza Strip (Photo: Sha'ar Hanegev Regonal Council Spokesperson's Office)
IDF soldiers defending settlemetns along the Gaza Strip (Photo: Sha'ar Hanegev Regonal Council Spokesperson's Office)

 

The project itself is comprised of several lines of defense: technology used to combat underground threats such as Hamas-dug tunnels, erecting a “smart,” high-tech fence along the Gaza border (similar to the one along Israel's border with Egypt) and a system set to improve Israel’s responsiveness to rocket and mortar firing. All in all, the Obstacle is supposed to cost 2.2 billion NIS.

 

A rocket fired from Gaza at settlements along the Strip (Photo: Sha'ar Hanegev Regonal Council Spokesperson's Office)

 

The Obstacle had been shelved for some time due to budgetary concerns, but following mounting pressure from residents living in settlements along the Gaza Strip, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced several months ago that “The budget will not be an impediment in fast tracking this project.”

 


First published: 08.07.16, 22:28
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