Israel Police and Shin Bet apprehended two Hamas terrorists who entered from Gaza on forged documents. The arrests were made on January 7, but the information was only cleared for release Monday.
Using documents saying they were in need of medical treatment, the pair escaped from a hospital in Yerushalayim and traveled to Umm El Fahm in northern Israel, where they were arrested in good health.
Under questioning, the two men said they paid 7,000 shekels for the forgeries, which stated that one of them was paralyzed in his legs and must be transported by ambulance for urgent care. They also told of other Palestinians who had made their way into Israel the same way.
Said a source in the Shin Bet: “This is a serious incident that illustrates the cynical exploitation of Israel’s willingness to meet the humanitarian needs of Gaza’s residents, which could lead to a terror attack.”