Smuggled rolls of fiberglass headed to Gaza Strip stopped by Israeli authorities

The shipment of fiberglass was intended for use by terror groups in the Gaza Strip to build rockets, according to the Israel Tax Authority.

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Earlier this month, Israeli authorities stopped a shipment of fiberglass from Egypt that was to be used by terror groups in the Gaza Strip to build rockets, according to an article in The Times of Israel.

The attempt to smuggle the two tons of fiberglass into the Strip was stopped by the Shin Bet security service and customs officials. A gag order regarding the details of the case was lifted on Monday.

Israeli authorities believe the fiberglass was to be used in the manufacture of long-range rockets for terror groups. According to The Times of Israel, workers at the Nitzana crossing between Egypt and Israel were suspicious of the shipment, which was labeled as containing clothes and materials. Once they opened the shipment, the officials found the rolls of fiberglass inside.

“Terror groups in the Gaza Strip are taking advantage of every means possible in their attempts to rebuild,” the Shin Bet said in the statement. “Even smuggling basic materials for the terror industry by hiding them in humanitarian equipment.”

In addition, the Tax Authority said that it recently stopped another shipment of fiberglass at the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza that was labeled as containing school equipment.

The Israel Tax Authority is composed of income tax, land tax, customs and VAT authorities and the mechanized processing service.