Published: 2017-11-22 20:43
Last Updated: 2017-11-22 20:43
Israeli Authorities announced on Monday that they prevented smugglers from bringing tons of explosives from Israel into the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas movement.
A truck loaded with fluids supposedly for vehicles stirred suspicion among the guards at the Kerem Shalom crossing near the Egyptian border, said the Israeli Ministry of Defense in a press release.
Tests that were made at a laboratory set up by the Border Crossing Authority showed that the shipment has chemicals that could be used to make explosives, according to the Israeli claims.
The press release hasn’t indicate the real date of discovering these materials, but it pointed out that it’s a recent incident.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the new laboratory will quickly test substances of shipments before they are allowed in Gaza, aiming to minimise the time of waiting for trucks.
Israel has waged three military offensives against Gaza since Hamas took over the coastal enclave in 2007.
More than two thirds of the two million people living in Gaza are relying on humanitarian handouts, and over 40% of the population are unemployed.
Gaza is suffering a restricted blockade, blackout crisis, clean water crisis, and a very critical economic situation.
Hamas and its rival party Fatah signed an Egyptian-brokered agreement earlier in October, allowing the Palestinian Authority to take over Gaza again by the beginning of December.
Hamas took over Gaza after it won street battles with pro-Abbas forces, ousting them to the West Bank.