Israeli authorities 'seize hundreds of packages intended for Gaza terrorists'

Israeli authorities seize packages intended for Gaza terrorists

The items seized were reportedly meant for terrorists (Stock image)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Authorities in Israel have seized hundreds of packages which were destined for terrorists working in the Gaza Strip, according to the country's defence ministry.

The contents of the parcels, which were purchased online, included items such as laser sights, night-vision goggles, telescopes, drones and metal detectors, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Authorities also found electronic servers, computer motherboards, an optical cable cutter, voltage stabilisers, power supplies and a mini electric drill.

The items were seized at the Erez Crossing by officers from the Gaza District Coordination Office, the Crossing Authority of the Ministry of Defence and the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The discovered items have been labelled as having dual-use by the defence ministry as they can be used in daily life as well as for terrorist purposes.

In the Gaza Strip anything labelled as a dual-use item needs a permit to be legally imported.

COGAT also analysed the items and came to the conclusion that some could have been used to create "improvised weapons."

items sent to the Gaza Strip are often intercepted. In 2016 COGAT claimed it had stopped 1,226 smuggling attempts.