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Security Foils Attempt to Smuggle Bomb-Making Materials into Gaza


Some of the contraband materials intercepted at Kerem Shalom crossing | Photo: Defense Ministry

Security forces recently thwarted an attempt to smuggle bomb-making materials into the Gaza Strip, the Crossings Directorate in the Defense Ministry revealed Sunday.

The contraband was hidden in boxes containing medical supplies bound for the coastal enclave.

According to available details, suspect materials were discovered during a routine inspection of goods coming through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Inspectors sent the materials for analysis by an on-site laboratory, which determined they are used in the making of explosive devices and rockets.

The lab was set up a few months ago at Kerem Shalom with the specific intent of screening materials barred from entering Gaza. It tests for a wide range of contraband materials in liquid, gas and solid form.

Established as a joint project by the Crossings Directorate, Shin Bet security agency and Israel Police, the lab recently assisted security forces in preventing a shipment containing several tons of explosives from reaching the Gaza Strip.

The shipment, also intercepted at Kerem Shalom, was found in a truck carrying a load of cargo purported to be motor oil.

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