Israel has begun to construct a new security barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in order to prevent illegal crossings of Palestinian militants, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at this weeks  Cabinet meeting.

“Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border. The barrier will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground. I would also like to make it clear: if the quiet is not maintained in Gaza, we will make the decisions even in the elections period and will not hesitate to act,” Netanyahu said, as quoted in the statement of his press service.

The wall will replace metal mesh fencing that has proved vulnerable to regular breakthroughs. The new wall will be 65 kilometers long, made from galvanized steel and will be around six-meters-high.