Israeli Authorities Find Four Tons of Rocket-arming Material in Salt Bags Headed to Gaza

Shin Bet apparently tracked the package after wondering at an enormous quantity of salt ordered by a Gaza importer with Hamas ties.

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A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, during the IDF's Operation Protective Edge.
A rocked fired from Gaza at Israel during Protective Edge. The army agreed to let units receive donated field showers and generators, which it should have supplied.Credit: Ilan Assayag

Customs workers and Shin Bet officers thwarted an attempt to smuggle four tons of ammonium chloride to the Gaza Strip.

The substance, concealed inside sacks of salt in a pre-Passover shipment, was enough to arm hundreds of long-range rockets.

"This case underscores the activity of Gaza-based terrorist organizations in smuggling dual-use materials disguised as goods destined for the civilian population and reconstruction projects," Israel's tax authorities said in a statement.

Along with explosives, ammonium chloride can also be used in fertilizer and other products.

Israel's Shin Bet security service became suspicious after unusually large quantities of salt were ordered by a Gaza importer with ties to Hamas, the tax authority said.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas seized control of the territory. Humanitarian aid and goods enter Gaza via Israeli crossings. Other goods are smuggled in through tunnels from neighboring Egypt.

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