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Israeli army reportedly foils attempt to smuggle diving suits into Gaza

April 3, 2017 7:49 P.M. (Updated: April 3, 2017 7:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli army released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli security forces at the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing had “foiled an attempt to smuggle 30 diving suits into the Gaza Strip through the crossing.”

Israeli news sites reported that the diving suits were sent from a merchant in the occupied West Bank and were “hidden between sports clothing,” adding that the suits were “meant to be delivered to members of the Hamas movement’s armed wing."

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have suffered under a near decade-long military blockade, enforced by both Israel and Egypt, since the 2007 election of the Hamas movement as the de facto rulers of the coastal enclave.

As part of the siege -- which Israel enforces from the air, land, and sea sides of Gaza -- dozens of items, from certain spices to building materials, are banned from entering Gaza, while Israeli authorities routinely refuse to disclose information regarding the restrictions.
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