Photo Credit: Israel Police
Equipment being smuggled into Gaza. May 21, 2019

Israeli security forces have recently intercepted hundreds of packages en route to the Gaza Strip containing items that can be used for terrorism, Israel’s Police revealed on Monday.

During the last week, the police launched an operation in cooperation with the Israel Postal Company and other Israeli forces to intercept packages suspected of containing dual-use objects that can be used for terrorism, during which 400 packages were examined and 372 of them were confiscated.

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“Dual-use” materials are products that can be used for civilian purposes as well as for terrorist activities.

The operation was part of the Israel Police’s ongoing struggle to counter the distribution and manufacture of weapons and to prevent the illegal transfer of arms and related products.

The confiscated objects included electronic components, military flashlights, lights used for diving, an engraving machine, binoculars, security cameras, routers, a remote-controlled air balloon, a digital microscope, goggles, and biometric equipment.

Israel’s combined security agencies have been successful in thwarting thousands of attempts to smuggle illicit materials into the Gaza Strip in the past years. Hundreds of trucks have been confiscated as a result of illegal activity.

Smuggling attempts have increased each year since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

In many of the incidents, the smuggled materials are meant for Hamas’ rocket production program or its military build-up.

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