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Israeli border crossing workers discovered military clothing being smuggled into Gaza.

The military textiles, reportedly intended for use by Hamas for terror operations, were discovered Monday in a truck carrying humanitarian aid through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Some 90 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, including food and medicines, are permitted into Gaza daily.

Military textiles are not permitted to enter Gaza, defense officials said. The goods hidden in the humanitarian shipment took the place of real aid that was needed by the Palestinian population, according to the officials.

A secure indoor playground is being constructed in Sderot.

The secure recreation facility, funded by donations to the Jewish National Fund, will be protected against rocket attacks from Gaza. A JNF mission is slated to dedicate the first stage of the project on Thursday. The project is due to be completed in January 2009.

The facility, a former textile factory, is designed with multiple reinforced shelters that also serve as play areas that provide instant protection when entered after a 15-second advance warning of a rocket attack. An additional shelter is being constructed outside the site for children and their families waiting to get in.

With a capacity of up to 500 people, the indoor site for children is divided into two areas for different age groups. Psychologists will also be on-site with intervention for children and families in need of their services. A medical station will also be available.

About 5,000 children live in Sderot and surrounding communities.

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