Israeli forces stop smugglers

Sept. 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Israeli forces say they stopped two Palestinian smugglers from importing tobacco from Egypt to Gaza.

Israeli naval officials noticed a small fishing boat heading towards the Gaza Strip moving heavy in the water, which indicated it was carrying a lot of weight on board, Ynetnews reported.

The two Palestinians aboard surrendered when military forces fired a shot into the air.

The smugglers were brought to the Ashdod port for questions to determine if they had a connection to a terrorist group or were criminally motivated.

The area in which the boat was found is a usual route for terror groups smuggling weapons to Gaza.

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