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May 3, 2016 9:48 am

Israel Foils Attempt to Smuggle Tons of Chemicals for Possible Rocket Manufacture Into Gaza

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Trucks bring humanitarian aid and goods to the Gaza Strip (Facebook)

Trucks bringing goods to the Gaza Strip. Israel recently thwarted an attempt to smuggle chemicals into the Hamas-controlled enclave. Photo: Facebook. – Israel’s Security Agency Shin Bet on Tuesday announced that their forces along with custom inspectors prevented four tons of ammonium chloride, enough chemicals that could build hundreds of rockets, from entering Gaza.

The chemicals, hidden in a shipment of 40 tons of salt, were seized before the Passover holiday began, at the Nitzana border crossing used by Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority for transfer of goods into the Gaza Strip.

The Shin Bet believes that the importer of the chemicals is a Gaza resident affiliated with Hamas who was convinced to smuggle in the materials for use in Hamas’ production facilities, particularly for building rockets.

Customs and land crossings personnel have worked together with Shin Bet to foil several plots to smuggle dangerous items that terrorist organizations were suspected of planning to use in the Gaza Strip including sulfuric acid, diving suits, rocket propulsion fuel components, polyurethane, sulfur, fiberglass rolls and specially coarse coal for use in iron smelters and metalwork.

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