The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has deployed Border Guard forces in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon due to concerns that the Islamic terrorist group Hamas may attempt to infiltrate the shores of the Mediterranean and carry out an attack from the sea.
According to a report from the Hadashot Channel television station, counter-insurgent personnel will carry out security operations, patrol and maintain continuous surveillance to detect any possible terrorists coming from the sea.
The Israel Defense Forces insist that Hamas is working tirelessly to improve its capabilities to smuggle its members into Israel from the sea.
In recent months, the Ministry of Defense has built a sea barrier to prevent such incidents.
Work began last May. When completed, the breakwater will be 200 meters long, 50 meters wide and six meters high above the water. A defensive infrastructure will be erected on the breakwater.
The breakwater is being built in the Zikim area, adjacent to the beach.
The decision to build the barrier dates back to the attack by Hamas during the Gaza war in 2014. On July 8 of that year, four Hamas marine commandos swam to the beaches of Kibbutz Zikim in southern Israel. The men were armed with assault rifles, grenades, and explosive devices. About forty minutes after appearing on the coast; the terrorists were killed in a concerted attack from land, sea, and air.