Mofaz blames Egypt and PA for increased smuggling

January 11, 2006 16:43


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Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz blamed Egypt and the Palestinian Authority for the continued smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip, while visiting Beduin villages in the Negev on Wednesday in honor of Id al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). He said the "Egyptians and Palestinians need to make every possible effort in order to reduce the phenomenon until it is entirely ceased," Army Radio reported. While speaking to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin announced that since the disengagement, there has been a dramatic increase in weapons smuggling into Gaza. Diskin claimed that five tons of explosive materials, 6,000 guns, 350 anti-tank missiles, and around 200 grenade launchers were brought through, as well as RPGs and three anti-aircraft missiles.

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