Israeli police detained a Gaza resident at Tel Aviv’s Savidor Central rail station with a 30cm (12 in) butcher’s knife, preventing an alleged terrorist strike.
The suspect, a 35-year-old Jabalya resident, was authorized to work in Israel. Local law enforcement officers and patrol officers from the Lev Tel Aviv police station detained him.
The guy allegedly tried to conceal the knife in a bag wrapped in clothing, but the X-ray security scanner at the station’s entry spotted it and alerted the police.
The suspect was detained for questioning at the Lev Tel Aviv station after being arrested by the police. The attempted strike from Gaza occurred on the same day that Israel’s Shin Bet said that it had successfully stopped an effort to smuggle explosives into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing.
The Border Crossing Authority of the Defense Ministry discovered the bombs, which included C4 material, on September 4. They had been sewn inside garments intended for Gaza.
The explosive material was discovered at the Kerem Shalom border, according to a statement from the Shin Bet. “Following the discovery of the explosive material, an in-depth investigation was carried out,” the statement read.
It said that the company “regularly transports goods from the Gaza Strip to the Kerem Shalom crossing” and that “as part of the investigation into the incident, it emerged that the pallet was sent by a transportation company from the Gaza Strip called Alkadasia.”
The Shin Bet then named a number of the individuals involved in the smuggling ring, including Mohamed Abu Awad from Nablus, Arafat Natsha from Hebron, and Mi Mansour from the Gaza Strip.
The last two were released in a prisoner swap after previously serving time as security prisoners. The Israeli intelligence service claimed that the suspects who were transporting the shipment showed “the ‘fingerprints’ of the ‘West Bank headquarters’ of Hamas.”
“The cynical exploitation of Hamas elements in the axis of the transfer of goods from the Gaza Strip directly harms the regular fabric of life of the residents of the Gaza Strip and Israel,” a Shin Bet official was cited as saying in the statement.
The comment concluded, “Those citizens are the ones who pay the heavy and immediate price of the crossing’s closure, the economic damage involved, and the increased scrutiny given to the approval of future shipments.”