Israeli authorities foil attempt to smuggle drones into Gaza for use by terror groups to carry out or facilitate attacks against Israel

Defense Ministry foils attempt to smuggle multicopter drones into GazaDefense Ministry foils attempt to smuggle multicopter drones into Gaza

Israeli authorities recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into the Gaza Strip.

The drones were earmarked for use by “terrorist elements in Gaza” to gather intelligence on IDF movements, the Authority said.

Crossings Authority inspectors, working together with the Shin Bet intelligence agency, stopped an Israeli truck carrying toys at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where drones of various types and sizes carrying high quality cameras were found.

The drones were earmarked for use by “terrorist elements in Gaza” to gather intelligence on IDF movements and to carry out or facilitate attacks against Israel, the Authority said.

Israel confiscated the equipment and launched an investigation into the smuggling attempt, the latest of several such efforts discovered by Israel’s security service, the Shin Bet, in recent weeks. A joint task force including the Shin Bet, the IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israel Police, and the Crossings Authority has been formed to intercept illegal shipments of drones and other items into Gaza.