Hamas warns leaders against purchasing Israeli-imported cars
Hamas has warned its members against buying cars imported via Israel without first undergoing thorough scrutiny checks, officials confirmed Tuesday.
The cars could have tracking devices or be booby-trapped, according to the radical Islamist movement which rules Gaza, DPA reported.
Gaza's Interior Ministry sent a note with the warning to officials in the de-facto Hamas government as well as to other Hamas leaders and to those of other factions, a security official said Tuesday.
Any car purchased via Israel should undergo a thorough test at a special garage before it was used, it said.
Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein confirmed the note.
Importing cars into Gaza via Israel has only recently resumed for the first time in four years, when Israel in June eased a near-total blockade on Gaza.
Israel made the concession after it came under heavy international pressure following a May 31 Israeli naval attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which had declared it would attempt to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian coastal enclave.
Israeli naval commandos shot dead nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists, after they were taken by surprise by a rioting crowd.
Over the past month alone, some 180 cars have been imported into Gaza by Palestinian car dealers via Israel, most of them South Korean, German and Japanese.