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August 26, 2016 / 22 Av, 5776

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Security Forces Thwart Major Arms Smuggling Attempt from Jordan

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jordan Valley (TPS) – The Israel Police and IDF Spokesperson announced on Wednesday that security forces thwarted a large arms smuggling attempt last night and apprehended two Palestinian Authority smugglers.

“Not only did the successful operation prevent a large quantity of weapons from reaching the hands of criminal and terrorists, it also permanently severed that smuggling route and prevented any future attempts,” stated a Northern District Police spokesperson.

The intelligence about the smuggling operation was acquired after an undercover investigation was conducted by the Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

According to the police, the two Arab suspects, residents of Jericho, operated an arms smuggling route that ran from Jordan to Judea and Samaria through the Jordan Valley. They worked as security guards at a plantation south of the Israeli city of Beit She’an and used the proximity of the plantations to the Israel-Jordan border fence to operate the smuggling route.

“An IDF light-infantry brigade with the help of the Shin Bet and the Israel Police seized 20 nine- millimeter handguns, five M-16 assault rifles, various parts for automatic weapons, and optical equipment,” stated an IDF spokesperson.

According to the police spokesperson, the two suspects also attempted to smuggle ammunition, laser and telescopic sights for rifles, and various parts used by illegal weapons manufacturers in Judea and Samaria to make Carl Gustav sub-machine guns.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Released for Publication: Hamas Money Smuggling Operation Exposed

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A combined operation between the Shabak, the police and the IDF uncovered a Hamas money smuggling operation.

Faiz Mizbach Mohammad Atar, a resident of Beit Lahiya, Gaza, and Ayatollah Alu Abdul Karim Sarhan, a resident of Jabalya, Gaza were arrested.

The two had received permits to enter Israel from Gaza for the purposes of business and trade.

The two then used their permits to instead repeatedly act as financial couriers for Hamas to Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

Hamas gave the two specially prepared shoes in which they could smuggle their terror money through the various checkpoints.

The two were each transferring tens of thousands of Euros to Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria for terror operations.

After their arrest, investigators learned that Faiz Atar’s house was regularly used for Hamas meeting. While Sirhan worked as a truck driver removing sand from various Hamas tunnel sites.

As a result of the arrests, Israel gained a lot of intelligence information on Hamas’s tunnel and terror operations.

The Shabak pointed out that every month Israel provides thousands of entry permits to Gazans for humanitarian, medical and other reasons, while Hamas terrorists then cynically attempts to use those permits to try and expand their terror operations in Judea and Samaria.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Seizes Thousands of Grenade Springs, Explosives, Weapons Headed for Gaza

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

Israeli police have seized pipe bombs, ammunition, and thousands of springs for grenades and rockets in two separate raids over the past day, thwarting plans to attack Israelis both within Israel and from Gaza.

The suspected pipe bombs and ammunition were found during a search of a house in the Israeli-Arab town of Qalansuwa, located in central Israel, police announced Thursday. The objects were seized and the residents, a 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, were arrested and were set to appear in court in Petach Tikva on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the police and Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency announced Wednesday that they thwarted an attempt to smuggle 60,000 spring kits for hand grenades, mortars, and rockets into Gaza. The springs were loaded onto a car by a man in his twenties from the Bedouin town of Rahat, after he fraudulently purchased them from an Israeli factory that works with the military. The materials were hidden in a warehouse in the community of Ami Oz, near Gaza.

According to the police, the man was planning to smuggle the springs into Gaza to be used by Hamas and other local terror organizations. He allegedly planned on smuggling 500,000 springs in total, police said. He has been arrested, along with two other suspects, and taken for questioning.

“Had the smuggling attempt succeeded, the springs would enable the terror organizations to produce 60,000 hand grenades, mortars, and rockets to be used against Israeli citizens,” said a police spokesperson. “Our activities against the attempts to smuggle weapon parts and materials into Gaza through the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings are ongoing.”

“This is another blow to Hamas’s enormous efforts to produce weaponry while it abuses Israel’s humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza,” said Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister’s official spokesperson to the Arab media.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Gaza Fisherman Arrested, Reveals Hamas Used Him to Smuggle Weapons

Monday, May 16th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Gaza Border (TPS) – A Gazan fisherman involved in weapons smuggling into Gaza was arrested in April and has revealed detailed information on Hamas’ attempts to utilize fishermen for military purposes, the Shin Bet announced on Monday.

Salim Gamal Hasan Na’aman, 39 years old from the Shati Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, worked as a fisherman and was arrested by IDF naval forces after exiting the permitted fishing area.

In his interrogation, Na’aman revealed that he has long been involved in the smuggling of weapons and arms meant for Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza. His sea-smuggling operation moved ammunition into Gaza, including liquid fiberglass used to produce rockets, the Shin Bet said.

Na’aman also revealed details of Hamas operational maritime plans “to utilize fishermen to conceal its activities,” the Shin Bet said. Additional information revealed by Na’aman pertained to maritime routes used to smuggle goods from Egypt into Gaza, and to the use made of fishermen and smugglers along the routes.

“The information discovered in this investigation, as well as in the investigations of additional Hamas terror operatives recently arrested, reveals another small part of the many efforts by Hamas to advance its violent terror actions,” said a statement by the Shin Bet. “This time, the Hamas efforts exploit the fact that Israel has eased the restrictions on the Gaza fishermen.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Owner of Gaza Smuggling Tunnel on Trial in Israel

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Israel’s Southern District Attorney (Criminal) on Sunday submitted to the Be’er Sheva District Court an indictment against a Hamas terrorist on 18 counts of acts against state security. Among other things, according to the indictment, the accused, Medhat Ben Fawzi Abu Snima, 24, a resident of Gaza, in 2014 joined a partnership that ran a smuggling tunnel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip.

The tunnel is 0.6 miles long, leading from Egyptian Rafah to the Gazan Rafah. The buy-in cost was $7,000. Over the period between early 2014 and the end of 2015, the accused and his partners smuggled through their tunnel military uniforms for the Hamas naval commando unit, as well as weapons which were delivered to merchants in Gaza. The return the accused collected on his investment was $2,000 a month. That success story ended when the Egyptian military flooded the tunnel and demolished it.

According to the indictment, Abu Snima joined Hamas in 2007 and collaborated with other Hamas members to cause harm to IDF soldiers as well as to Israeli civilians. He conducted observations of Israeli military targets near the Gaza border and planted explosives against IDF jeeps in order to cause the death of IDF soldiers.

In 2012, following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense, the accused and others shot rockets at an IDF post and shot mortar shells at the Kerem Shalom crossing. He also participated in Hamas military training as well as in a course to become a professional sniper.

The indictment also contains counts of contacting a foreign agent, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, communicating information to the enemy with the intention of harming state security, illegal military training, membership and activity in an illegal association, and weapons violations.

David Israel

New Gaza Terror Tunnel to Sinai Discovered by Egypt

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

A smuggler tunnel under construction was discovered this weekend by Egyptian security personnel snaking under the Gaza border into the Sinai Peninsula.

The tunnel interior was 1.20 meters in height. It was located 35 meters from Sinai to Gaza, according to Egyptian sources.

It was already fitted with cables for electricity, lighting and telecommunications. Weapons and ammunition were found inside the tunnel as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Kerem Shalom Crossing Inspectors Block ‘Import’ of Bulletproof Plates for Gaza

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Israel this week blocked smugglers from attempting to “import” bullet-proof plates into southern Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The Israel Police and Shin Bet / Shabak (Israel Security Agency) have opened an investigation into the incident. It is not yet clear who was behind the “import,” although the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Customs Authority, and the Border Crossing Authority have also opened a probe into the smuggling attempt.

The plates were discovered Tuesday when employees of the Border Crossing Authority became suspicious at the sight of an Israeli truck carrying spare automobile parts for Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

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