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Attempt to smuggle drones into Gaza thwarted at border

The 10 drones are believed to have been headed to terror groups, for use in intelligence gathering.

One of the drones captured at the Rafah crossing into Gaza by Israeli authorities. Credit: Israeli Defense Ministry
One of the drones captured at the Rafah crossing into Gaza by Israeli authorities. Credit: Israeli Defense Ministry

Security guards at a crossing into the Gaza Strip thwarted an attempt to smuggle reconnaissance drones into the Hamas-controlled territory, Israel’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

The 10 drones were in a black bag hidden in a minibus, which was stopped by guards at the Erez Crossing. The bag was flagged by a specially trained canine, according to the ministry.

A dog from the K9 unit identified and sat on the black bag containing the 10 intelligence-gathering drones bound for the Gaza Strip. Credit: Israeli Defense Ministry

It is suspected that the drones were intended for terrorist elements in Gaza, according to the ministry statement.

Gaza has been ruled by the Hamas terror group since 2007, but several other terror groups are active there.

The incident has been transferred to security forces for further investigation.

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