Foiled: Attempts to smuggle packages containing explosives through Kerem
February 4, 2018
Ministry of Defense, Media & Public Affairs Bureau
This week, Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority officials at the Kerem
Shalom crossing thwarted an attempt to smuggle crates containing dual use
substances used in the creation of explosives and explosive devices. The
materials were discovered within a shipment of medical equipment en route to
the Gaza Strip.
The materials seized by the examiners were taken to a laboratory for
testing. The lab identified the substances as a central component used in
the preparation of explosive charges and in the high-trajectory industry
within the Gaza Strip. An investigation is currently being carried out by
the Israeli Police and other security forces.
The laboratory for substance identification was set up several months ago at
the Kerem Shalom crossing in order to locate problematic materials whose
entry into the Gaza Strip is forbidden for fear of reaching terrorist
forces. Using advanced equipment, the lab tests a wide range of materials,
from gases, liquids, powders, solids, metals and others before they enter
the Gaza Strip.
The laboratory is a joint project of the MOD Crossing Authority, the Israel
Security Agency, and Israel Police Crossing Department of the Israel Police-
whose operational purpose is to identify the type of material within as
short a time frame as possible from the point of sampling. This is in order
to minimize the danger to crossing officials and in order to improve the
quality of service and to minimize as much as possible any delays in the
entry of goods into Gaza.
This discovery joins the dozens of smuggling attempts foiled by Kerem Shalom
Crossing Authority employees during 2017.