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Gaza all-terrain vehicle smuggling operation uncovered
In a joint operation involving the Shin Bet and other security services, three suspects were arrested on suspicion of working with Hamas officials to smuggle in vehicles to be used by the Hamas military wing and security forces.
A smuggling network of SUVs from Israel to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing was uncovered in a joint operation between Shin Bet, Israel Police and Overland Crossings Authority of the Ministry of Defense.

 

 

The network is suspected of smuggling more than 100 vehicles in 2016 for use by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The main figures in the smuggling network are Said Muzlah, Faris Muzlah and Nuh Muzlah—all Israeli citizens and residents of Shaqib al-Salam in the Negev.

 

Disassembled vehicles being smuggled into the Gaza Strip (Photo: Shin Bet) (Photo: Shin Bet)
Disassembled vehicles being smuggled into the Gaza Strip (Photo: Shin Bet)

 

Suspects purportedly disassembled vehicles and hid them in cargo destined for the Gaza Strip.

 

During the course of the investigation, it emerged that the suspects knew they were working on behalf of Hamas officials.

 

This method of smuggling does not surprise the security establishment and further demonstrates the creativity with which Hamas and its collaborators operate in an effort to acquire more equipment and grow stronger.

 

Photo: Shin Bet (Photo: Shin Bet)
Photo: Shin Bet

 

Photo: Shin Bet (Photo: Shin Bet)
Photo: Shin Bet

 

Photo: Shin Bet (Photo: Shin Bet)
Photo: Shin Bet

 

According to security assessments, after SUVs and all-terrain vehicles are reassembled in the Gaza Strip, they are utilized by the Hamas military wing and security forces.

 

Three suspects have been detained and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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