Palestinians Caught Smuggling Cameras to Gaza for Hamas

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israeli authorities have charged two Palestinians with helping to smuggle hundreds of cameras to the Gaza Strip for the Hamas terrorist organization and others.

The Shin Bet security agency says authorities arrested the suspected smugglers last month. It says cameras, model airplanes, communications cables and other goods were smuggled by a Palestinian Authority merchant through Israel’s border crossing into Gaza, hidden in televisions, washing machines and refrigerators.

Israel checks goods passing its border into Gaza, and halts what it calls “dual-use materials,” which could be used by Hamas for military purposes.

Israeli officials indicted the Palestinian suspects Monday.