The Israeli army has started work on an underground wall along the Gaza border to stop Hamas militants from launching attacks through tunnels.
The $US600 million project, which will cover the entire 60 kilometre border, will take years to complete.
The first section is being built along northern Gaza, near a cluster of Israeli villages where cranes and other construction equipment were visible over the weekend.
General Gadi Eizenkot, the Israeli army chief, said it was the largest project ever carried out by the engineering corps.
Read the article in The Australian by Gregg Carlstrom from The Times.