Giant Conveyor Belt to Prevent Smuggling into Gaza

The conveyor belt for merchandise entering Gaza being built at the Kerem Shalom crossing. (Ministry of Defense)

The Defense Ministry, through its Engineering and Construction Division, along with the Land Crossings Authority, is completing a unique and complex project — the installation of a conveyor belt at the Kerem Shalom crossing for merchandise imported to the Gaza Strip.

The 1,500-foot-long, 60-feet-high conveyor belt is scheduled to be operational within the next few weeks.

The installation is aimed at enhancing supervision of merchandise being brought into Gaza. Every truck carrying aggregate loads will be required to unpack the merchandise onto the conveyor belt. After a security check, the merchandise will be transferred by the machine to the Gaza side of the border in an efficient and safe manner, without human handling.

The conveyor belt adds to recent upgrades in security measures at the Kerem Shalom crossing, which are designed to prevent the smuggling of materials into Gaza intended for use by terrorist organizations.