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Thursday, July 31, 2014

This is what Turkey calls 'humanitarian aid'

Israel's Channel 2 reports that Israeli customs officials in the port of Ashdod have discovered that a Turkish shipment of 'humanitarian aid' to Gaza contained hundreds of cement mixers (used to make terror tunnels) and ball bearings (used to spread destruction in rockets and suicide bombs).
The timing of those specific items of "humanitarian aid" is particularly suspicious; Gaza's civilian population are hardly appealing for fresh supplies of ball-bearings, and rebuilding targets struck by the Israeli Air Force while it is still operating over Gaza's skies seems a rather unfruitful endeavor.
The suspicious cargo had been handed over to security services for inspection. Authorities are currently withholding the problematic cargo, fearing it could be easily used by Hamas authorities to help replenish dwindling rocket supplies and rebuild the network of "terror tunnels" which has largely been destroyed by Israeli forces.
For their part, the owners of the seized container claim that the mixers were not specifically meant for making cement, but for other, unspecified, uses. They added that the ball-bearings were meant for use in the mixers.
This isn't the first time the Turks have done this sort of thing.
Last December the Turkish foreign ministry admitted its government had given 47 tons of arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, even as it attempted to pass them off as "non-lethal" cargo.
Amusingly, the weaponry in question had been filed as "guns without military uses" - despite being shipped into a country gripped by a bloody civil war.

Waiting for Erdogan to start whining in 4... 3... 2... 1... 

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At 12:00 AM, Blogger Mardukhai said...

Actually, rock collectors use cement mixers and ball bearings to polish their stones.

But I personally doubt that the consignment was to be sent to the Gaza Society of Rockhounds.


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