Two Palestinian sisters from Gaza have been caught trying to smuggle explosives hidden in medicine containers into Israel as they were headed for cancer treatment at a Jerusalem hospital, authorities say.
Israeli authorities believe Hamas militants were trying to use the pair to carry out an attack.
In a statement, the Shin Bet security agency said the women, who had entry permits to Israel for medical treatment, were caught on Wednesday.
Ragheb Atallah, the patient’s husband, said his wife, Basema, 55, has gone for treatment of colorectal cancer in Jerusalem more than 10 times since July and has never had a problem before.
He said his wife was unaware that she may have been smuggling anything illegal into Israel.
“Someone asked them to take a bottle of medicine on their way for a patient…