Security forces say thwart attempt to smuggle machinery to Hamas in Gaza

Authorities at the border crossing uncover electric motors, allegedly headed for terrorist group, hidden inside refrigerators, washing machines being delivered on an Israeli truck.

April 2, 2015 17:56
kerem shalom smuggling

Electric motors uncovered by security forces at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza. (photo credit: DEFENSE MINISTRY/OVERLAND CROSSING AUTHORITY)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Security forces at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza on Thursday thwarted an alleged attempt to smuggle machinery to Hamas officials in the coastal enclave, the Defense Ministry announced.

Authorities at the border crossing uncovered various electric motors hidden inside refrigerators and washing machines being delivered on an Israeli truck, according to a statement from the ministry.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Security forces discovered the motors during searches after the contents aboard the vehicle sparked their suspicion. 

According to one suspect, the delivery of what the ministry said were special electric motors were intended to bolster the infrastructure of Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip.

Security officials confiscated the devices during the operation that was jointly conducted by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Israel Tax Authority and the Defense Ministry's Overland Crossing Authority.

Israel has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power in 2007 in order to monitor the import of equipment and building materials that Israel fears could be used for weapons and terrorist infrastructure.

Related Content

Rami Feinstein
August 18, 2018
Music from the heart