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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
ISA Press Release: Network that Smuggled Dual-Use Equipment into the Gaza Strip Uncovered

ISA Press Release: Network that Smuggled Dual-Use Equipment into the Gaza
Strip Uncovered
(Communicated by the ISA)

The following has been cleared for publication:

In the framework of a combined ISA, IDF and Israel Police operation last
month, a network of smugglers was exposed that was engaged in smuggling
dual-use equipment from Judea and Samaria to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem
Shalom crossing.

The network is suspected to have smuggled hundreds of cameras, some of which
were designated for Hamas elements in the Gaza Strip.

In December 2016, two suspected members of the network were arrested: Nofal
Abu Siriya a merchant from the Gaza Strip, and Nader Massalma a merchant
from Judea and Samaria.

During their ISA investigation, it was learned that during 2016, Nofal Abu
Siriya, on various occasions, smuggled goods defined as dual-use, the
transport of which to the Gaza Strip requires a special permit. The
merchandise was smuggled to the Gaza Strip for Ahmed Abu Nafar and Zaher
Bitar, businessmen from the Gaza Strip who deal in security cameras. The
goods included hundreds of cameras, model airplanes and communications
cables.

The smuggled merchandise was hidden in a consignment of various electronic
goods, such as televisions, washing machines and refrigerators.

It was also learned that in November 2016, Nader Massalma had assisted Nofal
Abu Siriya in smuggling hundreds of cameras inside washing machines that had
been transported from Judea and Samaria to the Gaza Strip.

It was learned that several members of the network were aware that the
smuggled cameras were designated inter alia for members of the Hamas
military wing.

The above is additional testimony to Gaza Strip-based merchants' abuse of
the permits given them for goods designated for the civilian population in
order to smuggle dual-use equipment for the benefit inter alia of
terrorist elements in the Gaza Strip.

The smuggling method that was discovered by the security forces underscores
the efforts undertaken by Hamas, via its collaborators, in order to build up
its strength and cynically exploit the commercial permits given by Israel
for the benefit of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

The security establishment views the foregoing with utmost gravity and will
continue to locate and foil attempts to smuggle equipment, goods and
dual-use materials to the Gaza Strip, and which are liable to assist Hamas
and other terrorist organizations to build up their strength. Those
involved in Israel, Judea and Samaria, and the Gaza Strip will be dealt
with to the fullest extent of the law.

The State Attorney's Office (Southern District), today (Monday, 9 January
2017), filed indictments against Nofal Abu Siriya and Nader Massalma, in the
Be'er Sheva Magistrates Court.

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