16.3 C
Sunday, May 26, 2024
HomeIsraelIsrael Says It Found 16 Tons of Rocket-Making Substance Headed From Turkiye...

Israel Says It Found 16 Tons of Rocket-Making Substance Headed From Turkiye to Gaza


Related stories

The Internet eats their Young

London (20/5 - 20). One academic was asked about...

Russia: When troop levels are not enough?

Moscow 22/5 (57.14) According to NATO's top military official, Russia...

Attempted coup in the Democratic Republic of the Congo thwarted

Government forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

Kosovo, Serbia Trade Accusations At UN Security Council Meeting

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo traded accusations on...

Israel’s customs authority said on Thursday it found 16 tons of material used for rocket production during an inspection of a shipment from Turkiye headed to Gaza, which the ruling Hamas group dismissed as a fabrication.

The customs authority said it had stopped for inspection in July two containers carrying 54 tons of what were supposed to be bags of plaster.

A lab test confirmed some of the bags contained ammonium chloride, the authority added, which it said was used by groups in Gaza “to produce rockets that are eventually launched toward Israel”.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem described the report as “lies”.

“The occupation is forging lies as a pretext to tighten the blockade on Gaza,”Qassem told Reuters.

Gaza is home to some 2.3 million Palestinians who live in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. Since the Islamist movement took over Gaza in 2007, Israel, together with Egypt, has maintained a blockade that has devastated the coastal enclave’s economy.
Israel and Hamas have fought several wars since 2008, with thousands of rockets fired from Gaza and Israel launching air strikes on the enclave.

With uncertainty growing over who will succeed 87-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas has stepped up efforts to attract support in the occupied West Bank, a geographically separate territory which Palestinians want as the core of an independent state.

Earlier this month, Israel froze the export of commercial goods from Gaza for several days due to what it said was an attempt to smuggle explosives. Palestinians said the brief ban hit thousands of families.

Source: Arab News


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories