Hamas terrorists pose as patients to enter Israel illegally
“This severe incident illustrates the cynical exploitation of Israel’s willingness to meet the humanitarian needs of Gaza’s residents,” the Shin Bet said.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
Two Hamas terrorists were arrested by Israeli security services after posing as medical patients and utilizing Israel’s humanitarian support system in order to gain illegal entry into Israel, the Shin Bet stated Monday.
The two Hamas members were identified as Mahmoud Matuk, 30 from Jabalya in Gaza, and his 52-year-old father Ayoub.
They entered Israel on forged medical documents on January 7, which stated that Mahmoud was facing a total collapse of his systems if he did not receive treatment in a Jerusalem hospital. They received immediate access and were admitted by ambulance.
They escaped from the hospital the next day and traveled to the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel in perfect health, where they were arrested.
The Shin Bet did not state the objective of their illegal entry.
During their questioning the two said that a relative, Hassin Matuk, contacted a doctor in Gaza who supplied them with the forged medical documents.
They paid NIS 7,000 ($1,777) for the forged documents, which stated that Mahmoud was paralyzed and required immediate treatment.
They also divulged the details of other Gazans who have used this method to gain illegal entry into Israel.
The two were indicted at a Be’er Sheva court on Monday
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