The Defense Ministry’s Crossing Authority and the District Coordination Office in Gaza have seized hundreds of parcels of forbidden products at the Erez Crossing at the northern end of Gaza, which were ordered on the internet and suspected of being intended for terrorist elements in Gaza.
In recent weeks, security officials at the crossing have identified various elements in Gaza apparently exploiting online shopping sites, including the Ali Express international shopping site, to smuggle goods into Gaza.
Hundreds of parcels containing prohibited products included: laser scouts, binoculars, night vision goggles, small motors, camouflage devices, and special cameras and radios
Other products ordered on Aliexpress from buyers in Gaza include motherboards and electronic circuits, inverters, wind meters, optical cable cutters, miniature electric drills, and voltage stabilizers.
The above items are defined as “bi-usage” items by the security establishment, or items that may have civilian uses but may also be used in carrying out terrorist attacks. These items are therefore seized by DCL personnel, part of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories’ office, whenever they are found.
The current seizure was not the first time terrorist organizations attempted to purchase armaments through Ali Express.
After the assassination of Mohammad al-Zawahri, a Tunisian engineer working for Hamas’s military wing, it was published the drone engine he had developed was sold on both ebay and Ali Express.