Tons Of Explosive Material Hidden In Truck Carrying Aid To Palestinians Caught By Israel
Security agents manning the Kerem Shalom crossing into southern Gaza, uncovered two tons of explosives or dual purpose fertilizer hidden in a truck carrying humanitarian aid into the Strip on Monday. The explosives were hidden inside sacks of flour.
Officials believe the explosives were en route to terror cells in Gaza, and were to be used in the manufacturing of Kassam rockets. The security personnel who work for the Israel Airports Authority conducted a random inspection of the truck when they uncovered the fertilizer hidden among the sacks of flour. Security forces arrested two people, including the truck driver who were handed over to Israel Police in Ofakim for questioning.
Meanwhile the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have launched an investigation in an attempt to learn who was responsible for the transfer. Security officials noted that it was not the first time terror organizations took advantage of humanitarian aid delivered to the Palestinians in Gaza with Israel’s approval, in order to smuggle in weapons, explosives and materials used to make bombs and rocket.
Last December it was 6.5 tons of potassium nitrate being smuggled inside EU aid sacks of sugar, now its two tons of explosives or dual purpose fertilizer in sacks of flour. Finland’s YLE news just ran a TV news report on how the IRC is trying to rebuild trust between Israel and the Palestinians in regards to ambulances moving freely to and from Israel and Palestinian areas.
See how hard it is for Israel to trust the Arabs with anything? More here. *L* KGS
Update: Israel’s Shin Bet (IAA) says it was the second time this week Israel has uncovered the smuggling of explosive material (used in Qassam rockets) disguised as humanitarian aid to the PA. Israel Insider has it here as well.