web analytics
October 31, 2014 / 7 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



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

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.

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.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

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

Current Top Story
Yehudah Glick on the Temple Mount.
Yehuda Glick’s Condition Stabilizing, “He Was Very Lucky” (1:00 PM)
Latest Blogs Stories
Jo-map

Let’s cut to the chase! The people who call themselves Palestinians are simply Arabs (Muslims) who came to this area from several Islamic regimes. This is not my opinion but rather what their leaders clearly say.

YG

Please pray for a complete recovery, רפואה שלימה for Yehuda Yehoshua Ben Rivka Ita Breindel Glick.

12

Obama/Kerry hate Bibi, because he is what they aren’t: smart and was a real soldier in the top unit.

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

Palestinian anti-Semitism in 2014 is more extreme and mainstream than German A/S in the 1930s.

Here are 5 quick facts that prove Jerusalem was NEVER A Muslim Holy City.

For further proof that there’s no justice for Jews in this world, the United Nations Security sic Council is planning to meet about Israel’s building plans. (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this week on recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem due to Israel’s plans to build more […]

When is it a good idea to accept a “draw” and when is it better not to do so?

The AlephBet soup of American Jewish organizations must demand an apology and retraction from the Obama Administration to the Jewish People for this crass and vulgar insult to the leader of the Jewish People.

How bad is it? It is a battle royal tearing at the very heart of the yeshiva world.

Zionism brought Yesha to life, attracting Jews and Arabs to the area.

The “bag tax” is eco-terrorism against the Israeli consumer. Have our MK’s reviewed any studies on its environmental impact, or is it all just touchy-feely?

MS. PSAKI: He asked me if we thought he (molotov-cocktail throwing Arab-US citizen was a terrorist, and I said no.

Abbas’s charge of racism spans the entirety of Israeli society.

Why do people often sabotage their own success ?

The best locations for more housing is Yesha and Jerusalem because of convenience and low land cost

Weeping for the heroism of our soldiers, the miracle of our return home, the endless years of exile

More Articles from IDF Spokesperson's Office
paramedikit-3

“I knew that being there would allow me to protect other soldiers.”

Blurred faces, for security reasons, lead the IDF's secret defense against anti-Israel cyber warfare.

One missile explosion on Tel Aviv could cause a local disaster. One successful Hamas hack of IDF secrets could cause a national disaster.

During Operation Protective Edge, IDF soldiers were faced with deadly risks in the Gaza Strip. Sixty four soldiers were killed and many more were wounded in combat. This is the story of one IDF commander who put his life in danger to rescue a soldier kidnapped by Hamas. Lt. Eitan, 23, joined the elite unit […]

Sgt. O’s commander: “We do not fight indiscriminately. We are an army not a terrorist organization.”

The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals Hamas’ callous use of Gazans

IDF video of 1st day in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge

Hamas dramatically upgraded its weapons stockpile, placing millions of Israeli civilians at risk.

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: