Attempt To Smuggle Explosives Into Israel Foiled

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On Wednesday morning 23 Nissan, at Erez Crossing, Defense Ministry Crossings Authority inspectors seized explosives used in the production of IEDs.

The explosives were hidden in tubes labelled “medical materials.”

The tubes were found during a security inspection, at the crossing, of the tools of two sisters, residents of Gaza, and were dealt with by Israel Police bomb demolition technicians.

The sisters’ entry into Israel had been approved in order that one could receive treatment for the cancer from which she suffers.

A preliminary Shin Bet investigation revealed that the explosives were sent by Hamas. It is believed that they were to be used in Hamas terrorist attacks in the near future.

An investigation against the sisters is still ongoing.

Defense Ministry Crossings Authority Director Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Kamil Abu Rokon commended the Erez Crossing security inspectors for thwarting the smuggling of explosives into Israel. “To our regret, it has been proven again that Gaza-based terrorists are continuing their efforts to exploit the humanitarian channel in order to carry out attacks in Israel. The security inspectors acted exactly as expected, with exemplary professionalism,” he said.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)