TEL AVIV — As the second anniversary of the Israel-Gaza war nears, the Israeli government is taking an extraordinary step to avert a new war with Hamas militants who govern the Palestinian strip.
Israel recently announced plans to build an underground wall along its 37-mile border with Gaza to thwart Hamas' sophisticated underground network of tunnels and bunkers. Hamas, which said Gazans are gearing up for the next war, used tunnels to smuggle weapons, supplies and fighters to attack Israel during the 50-day conflict that began July 8, 2014.
The Ministry of Defense refused to comment on details or timelines for the new plan, but the Israeli military did lift the gag order on the project as the country prepares to mark the anniversary.
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