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Shin Bet: Hamas Bringing Weapons, Rocket-Making Material Into Gaza

The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli Navy arrested off the coast of Gaza last month a Hamas-affiliated smuggler who is accused of bringing weapons and illegal building materials into the Strip, the Shin Bet revealed Monday.

Salim Jamal Hassan Naman, a resident of the al-Shati refugee camp, admitted to interrogators that he’d been involved in a naval smuggling operation for some time and had helped bring in weaponry and “materials used in the production of rockets, like fiberglass resin,” the security service said.

The Shin Bet accused Hamas of “taking advantage” of a recent change in policy concerning the blockade on the coastal Strip.

In April, the Defense Ministry extended the permitted distance from the coast for Gazan boats to nine nautical miles, up from the previous six miles.

 

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