Israel intercepts shipment of fabric for military uniforms meant for Hamas

Israel thwarted another attempt by Hamas to smuggle materials for its military effort against Israel.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
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The fabric Hamas ordered. (Crossings Authority)

Israel successfully intercepted a massive shipment of camouflage fabric which is suspected to have been destined for the Hamas terror organization in Gaza, the border Crossings Authority announced Monday.

It is also feared that the fabrics were intended for the Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula.

Personnel at the Kerem Shalom Crossing with Gaza found the fabrics in an Israeli truck carrying hundreds of meters of the material.

The Crossings Authority and Israeli security forces have been successful in thwarting more than 500 attempts to smuggle banned goods into Gaza since the beginning of 2015.

In many of the incidents, the materials are meant for Hamas’ rocket production program or its military build-up.

In May, Israel was successful in stopping a shipment of diving suits intended for Hamas terror commandos in Gaza.

In April, Israel caught 18 tons of special “metallurgical coke” coal which is used as fuel in firing furnaces to forge metals, en route to Gaza.

In March, Israel uncovered an efficient network operated by Hamas to acquire and smuggle materials used for strengthening the organization’s military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

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By means of this network, Hamas purchased and brought into the Strip thousands of tons of raw materials that were used in its military installations and training facilities in order to prepare terror tunnels and for the manufacture of war material.

In January, Israeli naval forces successfully intercepted a shipment of materials used for weapons-production on its way to Gaza. Three boatmen were caught trying to smuggle liquid fiberglass, which is used to manufacture rockets and mortars.

Since Israel decimated Hamas’ terror infrastructure during Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been working relentlessly to rehabilitate its networks and replenish its weapons stockpiles.