Israel thwarts attempt to smuggle hundreds of tactical flashlights into Gaza

Israeli security forces at the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing thwarted an attempt to smuggle dozens of packages containing hundreds of tactical flashlights into Gaza.

Security inspectors located the military gear hidden in a shipment of housewares, tools and clothing.

In the past year, the COGAT has confiscated more than 1,300 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.