Attempted smuggling of advanced night optics into Gaza thwarted by Israel security

Israeli security forces find unauthorized sophisticated optic devices, including remote controlled security cameras & infrared cameras hidden within an ordinary electronics shipment entering Gaza
•100 such smuggling attempts into Gaza have been thwarted by authorities this year.

By Shlomi Diaz


For the second time in as many weeks, Israeli security forces on Monday thwarted an attempt to smuggle unauthorized equipment — including advanced communication gadgets — into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing. The prohibited items were suspected to be en route to terrorist groups within the Gaza Strip.

The prohibited equipment found at the Kerem Shalom crossing – Photo: The Defense Ministry’s border authorities

The equipment, which included infrared cameras, radio communication devices and advanced remote controlled security cameras, was hidden within an electronics shipment in an Israeli truck destined for Gaza.

The unauthorized electronics were found in a joint operation carried out by the Defense Ministry’s border authorities, the Shin Bet security agency and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The incident will be further investigated by defense officials.

This smuggling attempt follows a similar one about one week ago, when border authorities found unauthorized motors hidden in a shipment of refrigerators and washing machines.

According to the Defense Ministry, border authorities have thwarted more than 100 smuggling attempts into Gaza with prohibited items suspected of being headed to terrorist organizations.


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