With the reopening of Gaza crossings and the renewed delivery of packages and cargo to Gaza, Israeli customs and security officials have renewed their searches for items that are banned from import into Gaza because of their use in manufacturing weapons or carrying out terror attacks. On Wednesday, Israel transported 250 bags of mail and parcels to Gaza via the Erez crossing – and among the parcels were nearly 200 containing banned items.
Among the seized items were digital microscopes, sites for firearms, weapons holders and cases, drones, electronic components, satellite telephones, miniature cameras, underwater flashlights, army-grade boots, and more. Many of these items had been ordered online, and in multiple amounts.
IDF officer I’ad Sarhan, who was in charge of the effort, said that the army “considers these breaches to be very serious. Terrorists are taking advantage of civilian mail services to harm Israel and its citizens. The IDF is working around the clock to prevent smuggling of this kind, and to prevent equipment that could be used to support terror from entering Gaza.”
Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested six wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.