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.
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.
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.