Israel foils second attempt in week to smuggle military equipment into Gaza
This week, three pallets containing dozens of pairs of military shoes that were hidden in a shipment of civilian goods, in an attempt to smuggle them into Gaza for terrorist purposes and in violation of the law, were confiscated at the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing.
“We are witnessing another miserable and failed attempt by the terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip to hide behind the civilian population, without taking into account how it endangers the economy and trade, which are so vital to the Strip and its residents. The more these attempts continue, the more security and stability are compromised”, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement.
Earlier this week, spare parts for motorcycles were found hidden in a seemingly innocent and routine shipment of furniture that was supposed to be imported into Gaza.
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.