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Gazan with butcher’s knife arrested at Tel Aviv train station

Separately, the Shin Bet said that Hamas was behind a recent attempt to smuggle explosives into Israel.

Passengers at the Tel Aviv Savidor Central railway station, June 22, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.
Passengers at the Tel Aviv Savidor Central railway station, June 22, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

A Palestinian from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip was arrested on Wednesday at the Tel Aviv Savidor Central railway station while in possession of a 30-centimeter-long (11.8-inch) butcher’s knife.

The 35-year-old man is a resident of Jabaliya and had a permit to work in Israel, according to police.

Authorities said the suspect tried to hide the knife in a bag he was carrying but security guards spotted him at the entrance to the station.

Also on Wednesday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said that Hamas was behind the attempt earlier this month to smuggle explosives from Gaza into Israel in a shipment of clothing.

The smuggling attempt was made at the Kerem Shalom crossing at the southeastern corner of the Gaza Strip, near the Egyptian border.

Two Hamas operatives stand accused of the smuggling attempt—Arafat Natash and Muhammad Abu Awwad. The two men are from Judea and Samaria but were deported to Gaza as part of a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas.

The Israel Defense Forces said that during a security check of goods coming out of the Gaza Strip, several pounds of “high-quality” explosive material was discovered sewn into the linings of international fashion-brand clothing.

The explosives are believed to have been intended for terrorists inside the Jewish state.

According to the Shin Bet, the explosives would have “allowed the elements that hold it to carry out mass terror attacks.”

The agency also said in a statement that the shipment was sent via a Gaza-based transport company that regularly carries goods through the crossing and that it was arranged with the help of a woman named May Mansour. The statement did not specify whether the transport company or Mansour were aware of the explosives.

In July, customs inspectors at Ashdod Port impounded 16 tons of rocket-making material found in two containers that were supposed to contain sacks of gypsum. The containers, which arrived from Turkey, were intended to continue on to Gaza.

Tensions with Gaza have exploded over the past two weeks amid a renewal of violent demonstrations along the border with Israel, and as the heads of Palestinian terrorist organizations called for a new intifada.

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