Israeli Navy arrests Palestinian for smuggling explosive materials into Gaza

It was cleared for publication today that in August, security forces arrested a 24-year-old Palestinian who is suspected of smuggling explosive materials and weapons into Gaza for Hamas.
Israeli Navy (archives) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

It was cleared for publication today (Tuesday) that Israeli Navy forces along with the Shin Bet and Israel Police arrested in August a 24-year-old resident of the al-Shati refugee camp in Northern Gaza. The suspect, Hamiz Araishi, is suspected of being involved in smuggling explosive materials and weapons via the ocean. In addition, Araishi is suspected of planning a terror attack against IDF forces.

Araishi was arrested by the Israeli Navy after his boat traveled beyond the permitted sailing area near the Gaza Strip. During the investigation, it was discovered that for the past few years, Araishi has been involved in smuggling explosive materials and weapons for Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Israeli investigators discovered that in April 2016, Araishi and another Palestinian tried to smuggle explosive materials from Egypt into Gaza but Israeli Navy forces thwarted this attempt. Meanwhile, Araishi also planned to commit a terror attack against IDF forces near Zikim. It is suspected that Araishi even started surveilling the area of the planned attack and purchasing weapons in order to carry it out.

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