Consignment earmarked for Gaza tunnels stopped at border

May 27, 2016 Agencies
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An attempt to smuggle a large consignment of pipes for the production of mortars and dozens of electric motors for use in the Hamas underground tunnel system in the Gaza Strip has been foiled.

The security personnel from the Defense Ministry Crossings Authority and the ISA, stopped a large consignment at the Tarqumiya Crossing near Hebron of goods, suspected of being intended for Hamas terrorist elements in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Ministry said that the cargo was concealed in a supposedly innocent supply of textiles and jewelry. It included hundreds of 4 inch metal tubes, with special drill fittings used to manufacture mortars and rockets and dozens of electric motors used in various fortification tasks, including the construction of Hamas’ underground tunnel network.

The consignment, which was stopped at the Tarqumiya Crossing, was intended for Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing. The shipment was confiscated and an investigation has been launched to find those involved in the smuggling.

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