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Israel discovered 16 tons of special missile-making material transported from Turkey to Gaza

Israel's customs authority announced on Thursday that it found 16 tons of material used for the production of rockets during an inspection of a cargo from Turkey bound for Gaza.

The Israeli customs authority said it stopped for inspection in July two containers carrying 54 tons of what were supposed to be bags of plaster in July.

A laboratory test confirmed that (16 tonnes) in special bags contained ammonium chloride, the Israelis added, which was to be used by groups in Gaza "to produce rockets to be fired into Israel".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Israeli sources told the Times of Israel on Thursday.

No date was given for the meeting between the leaders, who will be in New York next week for the world body's annual high-level conference. Netanyahu is expected to arrive in New York on Tuesday.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem described the Israeli report as "lies. "The Israelis are lying as a pretext to tighten the blockade on Gaza even more," Qassem said.

Gaza is home to some 2.3 million Palestinians living in one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, in 2021 warned that the terrorist organization has 10,000 terrorists inside Israel who are "ready to respond" in case of an emergency.

The Erdogan regime continues to support the Hamas terrorist organization in all ways, making Turkey its literal base, enabling it to achieve its military and economic goals.

Hamas terrorists from Turkish soil plan attacks and kill Israelis in an attempt to destroy the Jewish state. These terrorists enjoy the privilege of Turkish citizenship, adopting Turkish names, travelling internationally on Turkish passports, opening Turkish bank accounts, operating under the cover of Turkish companies or offices and laundering millions of dollars.

Finally, Hamas leaders are received by the President of Turkey at official meetings in front of the whole world and speak at conferences of Turkey's ruling party.

Turkey seems to be the main lifeline for the Hamas terrorists. This alliance seems to stem from the ideological connection between the Turkish government and Hamas, as Erdogan openly stated in 2017.

With an agreement with Libya and one with Palestine, Turkey is anxiously seeking legal "grounds" to create a fait accompli in its attempt to create a so-called Blue Homeland.

Until then, however, there will clearly be developments in our region by the international factor that does not want these plans in any way.     

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