Thousands of army gloves intercepted en route to Gaza

Thousands of pairs of tactical military gloves destined for Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip seized at Kerem Shalom crossing.

David Rosenberg,

Gloves from the shipment intercepted
Gloves from the shipment intercepted
Defense Ministry

Security inspectors from the Ministry of Defense Crossings Authority, along with representatives of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (Gaza Coordination and Liaison Office), foiled an attempt Sunday to smuggle thousands of pairs of military tactical gloves into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel.

The gloves were concealed in a clothing shipment bound for the Hamas-controlled Strip. Authorities suspect that the gloves were intended for use by the Hamas terror organization.

The truck which was carrying the shipment and all its contents were impounded and transferred to the special joint Shin Bet internal security agency, Israel Police, Israel Customs Administration and Ministry of Defense Crossings Authority anti-smuggling team.

"Attempts to smuggle military equipment into Gaza are part of the daily struggle, conducted largely out of the public view, waged by the very best inspectors,” said Crossings Authority Director Ami Shaked. “We are continuing our anti-smuggling efforts around the clock in order to ensure that only approved and coordinated goods – that do not aid terrorist elements – enter Gaza."

Gaza Coordination and Liaison Office Head Col. Faris Atila said authorities would continue to ensure that terrorist elements in Gaza are unable to import military equipment via Israel, while still enabling civilians in Gaza to receive goods.

"The Hamas terrorist organization has repeatedly tried to exploit Israel's civilian policy for its own ends at the expense of the civilian population in Gaza. We will continue to frustrate and thwart the abuse of our civilian policy for terrorist goals and the needs of the Hamas terrorist organization."

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