Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Gaza Interior Ministry warns officials against using Israeli car imports

[ 26/10/2010 - 04:27 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Gaza’s Interior Ministry Tuesday alerted resistance faction elements in the Strip of using cars Israel recently allowed to be supplied to the Gaza Strip.

The Ministry announced on its official web page that it recommends that Palestinian faction officials should deal with caution when buying cars recently allowed to be imported into the Gaza Strip and should screen them before use.

Ministry spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussein said the ministry does not rule out that Israeli authorities have been using cars as wiretaps or to spy on or assassinate activists and officials by planting explosives in them.

“We signaled to all for the need to be cautious in dealing with these cars. It is not unlikely that [Israel] plants wiretap devices in them, or may even be wiring them,” Ghussein added

Israeli intelligence has deliberately been using simple but high-tech, high-performance equipment for eavesdropping and spying, the spokesman went on to say, adding that some of them have been discovered recently during the arrest of suspects involved in intelligence work for Israeli interests in the Gaza Strip.

He said the devices are heavily used by Israelis in operations to search for the location of the Israeli soldier who was captured in Gaza Gilad Shalit, and to pinpoint armed faction leaders, arms depots, and the location of “stationed” activists in order to target them.

Israeli authorities permitted last month importing new cars into the Gaza Strip in batches for the first time since the blockade was imposed on the Strip in June, 2007.

The last batch of 20 cars arrived Monday to Gaza through the Karam Shalom crossing, which is under Israeli military control, thus making the total number of cars to have been imported into the Strip 100.

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