Israel’s Navy thwarts boats from smuggling explosives

Monday, May 15, 2006 | 
Israel’s Navy thwarted a terrorist attempt to smuggle several hundred kilograms of explosives into Gaza from Egypt by sea on Sunday, the second attempt in less than two weeks. The Navy identified the boat when they realized it was in prohibited areas in the southern Gaza Strip. Warning shots were fired and several bags were thrown into the water before the boat was caught. Navy Commander Maj.-Gen. David Ben Ba’ashat said that it is easier for Palestinian terror groups to smuggle arms by sea than by land as a small boat can carry half a ton of explosives. Despite this, the Israeli Army will allow Palestinian fishermen free movement along the coast. Army experts believe the explosives were to be used to make Qassam rockets and roadside bombs. “We are here to prevent terror groups from rebuilding their infrastructure,” Ben Ba’ashat said. “They are highly motivated and to my regret they will continue to do so in the future.”

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