Channel 10 crew sneaks into Gaza

Troops forced to break up brawl as security flaw discovered at Sufa Crossing.

July 24, 2007 20:42
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The IDF closed Sufa Crossing on Tuesday after a Channel 10 crew managed to bypass Israeli security, cross into the Gaza Strip and interview several Palestinians. Angry truck drivers began to throw rocks at the television crew and soldiers had to break up the ensuing brawl. The crew was then taken for police questioning for their unauthorized entry into the Strip. The closure of the crossing sparked angry reactions towards Channel 10, which responded that their crew had exposed a severe security flaw which allowed goods to cross into Gaza without being screened. Channel 10 claimed that the crossing operated under the control of Kibbutz Sufa, which benefited financially because of the terminal's use. The crew also discovered that each truck driver paid NIS 400 to Kibbutz Sufa in order to cross. Sufa Crossing has been in use since the closure of Karni Crossing following Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip. Millions of dollars have been invested to beef up Karni Crossing's security but because of the need to hold direct contact with Hamas if the terminal is used, Israel prefers to use the Sufa Crossing in order to transfer goods directly to the Palestinians.

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