Explosives Found in Cargo Bound for Tel Aviv

Published: September 28th 2010
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El Al airplane
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A trace amount of explosives was found in a crate of military equipment at Toronto’s Pearson Airport that was en route to Israel.


The Peel Regional Police explosives unit was alerted Monday afternoon when an alarm at Vista Cargo was triggered. Screening equipment detected the residue in a crate that was being put onto an El Al passenger plane bound for Tel Aviv.


The RCMP and the Department of National Defence are now investigating. However, they are saying that the public should not be overly concerned.


According to CBC News, police were quick to determine that the crate contained military gear only and that the amount of the explosives detected was relatively minor.


Still, El Al would not let the cargo be loaded onto its plane.


Officials are still trying to determine the nature of the explosives.


Police stated that it was not obvious that the crate was carrying military equipment and the contents of the crate were a shock to officials.


Israeli media is reporting that the military equipment found in the crate includes landmines to be used by the UN Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai.


Both the RCMP and the Department of Defence are launching an investigation to find out why military supplies were being shipped on a civilian passenger airplane.


A Shalom Life reporter who checked with El Al security staff at Pearson Airport was assured on Tuesday that the incident was not at all terror related, that there is no imminent threat to passenger flights, and that the airport is operating as usual.

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