web analytics
April 24, 2014 / 24 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Home » Blogs » IDF Blog »

Smuggling Into Gaza By Sea On the Rise

“Naturally, as the process of closing tunnels from Egypt to Gaza becomes more efficient, the smuggling attempts by sea increase.”
sun-set-scan-sea-threats

Share Button

As a result of the closure of many underground tunnels into Gaza, smuggling of weapons into Gaza by sea is on the rise, The Israel Navy thwarts many smuggling attempts into Gaza. Navy soldiers have noticed that one thing is missing: no vessels have arrived with medicine or humanitarian goods.

The security situation between the sea and the shore that surrounds the Gaza Strip is complex. Any change that happens on land can be felt at sea – whether it arises from local escalations in violence, like the rockets fired at Israel last week, or from regional changes, such as smuggling attempts from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

An IDF Navy ship patrolling the Mediterranean Sea. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's office.

An IDF Navy ship patrolling the Mediterranean Sea. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office.

Lt. Col. Eli Soholitzky, the commander of the squadron in charge of security in the Gaza Strip, explained that ever since two rockets were fired from the Strip at Israel, the sea has been storming with tension. “We are not seeing a change in the actions of the Gazan ships, but we are aware of the coming threats,” he said.

In the meantime, there has been significant growth in the number of smuggling attempts into Gaza from the sea in recent months. “There are several smuggling attempts that happen each week,” Lt. Col. Soholitzky said. “Naturally, as the process of closing tunnels from Egypt to Gaza becomes more efficient, the smuggling attempts by sea increase.” For many hostile infiltrators, the sea has become their alternative route. “It’s like a pressure cooker. It’s waiting to burst. When you close one opening – the pressure goes to the other one,” said Lt. Col. Soholitzky.

Even though there are some goods smuggled in for retail purposes, their number is insignificant compared to the amount of weapons smuggled in for terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

At the top of the list of items smuggled into Gaza is various types of weapons, such as rocket systems and firearms, says Lt. Col. Soholitzky. Some smuggling of construction materials, oil and contraband, like drugs, have been documented as well. The items smuggled in cover a broad range, but there is one category missing: “We haven’t caught any vessels with medicine or humanitarian items,” he said.

Due to the rising naval threat, the importance of each navy soldier to security is rising. “We have to work much more intensely,” said Lt. Col. Soholitzky. “After all, we are the only ones left patrolling Gaza after the disengagement. We are at sea 24/7, ready on a moment’s notice for any mission.”

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's office.

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s office.

Visit IDF Blog.

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

3 Responses to “Smuggling Into Gaza By Sea On the Rise”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    The British were professionals in patrolling and stopping boats reaching Israel for many decades. Get to stop the boats going to Gaza.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    The British were professionals in patrolling and stopping boats reaching Israel for many decades. Get them to stop the boats going to Gaza. Use the Mountbatten company(Queen's family) company.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Will Starbucks hire Boycott Movement officials when they find themselves out of work?
Starbucks-SodaStream Link Would Help Destroy BDS
Latest Blogs Stories
Logos of the Arab Bank

The State Department is said to want the court to intervene on Arab Bank’s behalf for foreign policy reasons.

U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. recognizes the “West Bank” as having “sovereignty” for passport purposes, but not Israel?

Adolf Hitler and the representative of the Palestinian Arabs, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, December, 1941.

Hitler promised Husseini that “solving” the Jewish Question in the Arab lands was part of Nazi Germany’s plan.

Loving couple next to the Old City Walls in Jerusalem, prior to their wedding. August 13, 2013.

There is no song that tells the story of freedom like Shir HaShirim.

The IDF will take everyone’s #WeAreHere stories and create an interactive, dynamic honor to the Shoah survivors.

Peace, true peace, isn’t up to us. We’ve offered it on gilded platters forever. Nothing we do will bring peace to our Land.

The Justice Department allows the FBI to use demographic mapping, but the NYPD no longer can.

Check out the IDF’s most innovative weapons (at least the ones they can tell us about.)

When will the State of Israel decide the Palestinian Arabs are a hostile enemy and treat them as such?

Like Hamas, Hezbollah also builds tunnels. Those tunnels pose a serious danger to IDF border patrols.

Visa has ads in an Egyptian magazine in which a story describes Jews as vampires. And worse.

World Council of Churches expresses solidarity with “Palestinians” ‘languishing’ in Israeli prisons.

The Seder: We starve (during the sometimes endless recitations and discussions) and we feast.

The unique skills of people on the autistic spectrum adds great breadth to IDF intelligence work.

Passover is a road that we still travel, a long journey from slavery to freedom.

In Iran, 131 offenses are punishable by death, including blasphemy, adultery and homosexuality.

More Articles from IDF Spokesperson's Office
Holocaust survivor Eva Levi and her granddaughter-IDF soldier.

A survivors’ daughter serving in the IDF brings pride and joy to a Holocaust survivor.

The IDF is creating a global interactive Holocaust Survivor Commemoration.

The IDF will take everyone’s #WeAreHere stories and create an interactive, dynamic honor to the Shoah survivors.

Check out the IDF’s most innovative weapons (at least the ones they can tell us about.)

Like Hamas, Hezbollah also builds tunnels. Those tunnels pose a serious danger to IDF border patrols.

The unique skills of people on the autistic spectrum adds great breadth to IDF intelligence work.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

IDF helicopters are ready to act on a moment’s notice to defend the State of Israel.

The Samson Super Hercules aircraft ensures the IDF can safeguard Israel from far beyond her shores.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/idf-blog-blogs/smuggling-into-gaza-by-sea-on-the-rise/2013/11/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: