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Companies Bid to Construct Underground Gaza Border Wall

The Times of Israel reports: The Defense Ministry has published the first tender for a project to build a massive barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip — both subterranean and above ground — intended to stop terror groups from tunneling into Israel.

A closed tender was sent earlier this week to 20 Israeli companies to build the wall, the Hebrew-language Ynet news website reported on Wednesday.

The project would cover the first 10-kilometer section of the planned 60-kilometer wall.

Due to the specialist nature of the work, which involves deep drilling, the Israeli companies will need to avail themselves of foreign contractors’ expertise. But many qualified foreign companies have refused to take on the project, citing the political sensitivity of working on Israeli defense projects, the report said.

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