Police raid two pirate gas stations in northern Israel

December 16, 2016 08:56

According to police, two pirate gas stations were raided and shut down on Thursday as part of an enforcement activity carried out by the Israel Police in collaboration with the Israel Land Authority, the Environmental Protection Ministry, the tax authorities, the electricity company and others.

The two gas stations were operated from within residential areas and posed a serious risk to public security and safety. Police confiscated 20,000 liters of solar, seven gas tanks, five gas pumps and a mobile refueling station.

Three suspects were detained and investigated regarding tax felonies, management of a business without a license and negligent use of flammable materials.

The police issued the following statement: "Pirate gas stations are a source for serious damage and a major security risk to employers, customers and the residents of the residential areas from which the stations in question were operated. Some of the risks are fire, explosions, land contamination, inhalation of gas vapor, etc..."

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