Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90
A Hamas policeman walks past trucks loaded with cement which enter Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing. (Archive: January 2015)

A smuggling ring that was sneaking all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Israel into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing has been busted by Israeli authorities.

Shin Bet intelligence agents teamed with Israel Police and Israel Customs Authority inspectors to catch the smugglers.

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The vehicles were being broken down into parts and stashed in shipments that were trucked into Gaza via the border crossing. They were re-assembled after the dismantled parts in the shipments were unloaded inside Gaza.

It is believed that more than 100 vehicles may have already been smuggled into the enclave this way, according to the Shin Bet.

The vehicles were intended for use by Hamas operatives working with the group’s Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing.

Three arrests have been made so far in the sting; all of the suspects were Arabs from the Palestinian Authority. Several Israeli citizens are believed to be involved in the smuggling operation as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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