Israel thwarts attempt to smuggle dual-use equipment into Gaza
Hundreds of truckloads of medical equipment, fuel, food, construction materials, and more enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing on a daily basis.
Today, in a seemingly innocent and routine shipment of furniture that was supposed to be imported into Gaza, spare parts for motorcycles were found hidden in the furniture in an attempt to smuggle them into Gaza.
“This is not the first time that a humanitarian medium that is meant for the benefit of the civilian population in Gaza has been exploited for the needs of terrorists and for unacceptable purposes. These ongoing smuggling attempts of dual-use materials damage security and harm the livelihood, economy, and stability of the residents in Gaza”, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement.
In the past year, the COGAT has confiscated more than 1,600 items sent to Gaza that are defined as “dual-use items” – products not originally intended for military use but that may be used for attack or intelligence gathering.
Packages sent by post contain hidden cameras, drones, encrypted radios, and advanced diving equipment.
The orders usually arrive via ship and are sent for initial inspection at the Israel Postal Service’s main sorting centers, where parcels suspected of containing dual-use items are marked for the attention of COGAT personnel.