Apr. 19, 2017
Shin Bet says pair, who were foiled at crossing, took advantage of permit for medical treatment to try to aid in planned terror attack
“Unfortunately, this is more proof that terror groups in Gaza are continuing to take advantage of humanitarian channels to export terror into Israel’s heartland,” Defense Ministry Crossing Points Authority head Kamil Abu Rokan said in a statement. “The security checks at the crossing worked exactly as we expect and with notable professionalism.”
Last year Israel allowed over 30,000 Gazans to cross into Israel seeking medical treatment.
There have been previous cases of Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups taking advantage of medical permits to attempt terror attacks against Israel.
In one such notable case, Wafa Samir al-Biss, who had been injured in a kitchen gas explosion and was being treated for burns in an Israeli hospital, was caught in 2005, trying to cross into Israel at the Erez Crossing wearing an explosive belt. She had been recruited by a terror group with links to Fatah and had intended to detonated herself inside a crowded Israeli hospital.