Israel says finds explosive chemicals in EU aid bags

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Saturday it had recently seized a truck carrying chemicals used to make explosives hidden in bags marked as European Union aid for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.


“Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”
—Jeremiah 46:28

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“And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
—Zechariah 8:13-15

The army said 6.5 tonnes of potassium nitrate were in bags marked as sugar from the European Union for Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

“We are looking into this report,” said an EU official in Israel. “If it is found to be accurate, this is an illegal act that should be condemned.”

The cargo in a Palestinian truck was traveling in the occupied West Bank and seized several weeks ago at an Israeli checkpoint, the army said.

The European Union is the largest provider of humanitarian assistance to Gaza. Israel tightened its military and economic cordon of the Gaza Strip after Islamist Hamas seized the territory in a June war with secular Fatah.

Potassium nitrate can be used to make explosives and to power homemade rockets. It can also be used as a fertilizer.

(Writing by Avida Landau; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)

  1. Linda, 31 December, 2007

    All aid for Gaza should have to go to Israel first for their inspection & then they can forward the aid on to Gaza…I’m confident that Israel is trust-worthy enough to send everything (minus items such as mentioned above) on to Gaza.

    I highly doubt the chemicals were going to be used for fertilizer as they are more bent on Israel’s destruction than on growing crops for their own children & elderly.

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