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Gaza sisters accused of smuggling explosives as medicine

Gaza sisters accused of smuggling explosives as medicineIsraeli authorities say two Palestinian sisters from Gaza were caught smuggling explosives hidden in containers labelled as medicine into Israel for use in attacks, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The Shin Bet security agency says the women had entry permits to Israel where one of the sisters receives cancer treatment. It says they were caught on Wednesday.

The explosives were “sent by Hamas and it is believed that they were meant to be used to carry out attacks in Israel in the near future,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

According to the security agency, the explosives were hidden inside tubes labeled “medical materials.” It said the materials were to be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices. It's unclear if the women knew they were smuggling explosives.

“Unfortunately, this is more proof that terror groups in Gaza are continuing to take advantage of humanitarian channels to export terror into Israel’s heartland,” Defense Ministry Crossing Points Authority head Kamil Abu Rokan said in a statement.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in the coastal strip from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.
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