Monday, February 4, 2008


Palestinians Brought Advanced Arms into Gaza - Avi Issacharoff, Yuval Azoulay and Amos Harel (Ha'aretz)
Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin told government ministers on Sunday that large quantities of advanced weapons were smuggled into Gaza after the border between Egypt and Gaza was breached.

Diskin said long-range rockets, anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, and materials used for rocket production were some of the arms brought into the territory.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for the immediate construction of a fence along Israel's border with Egypt.  Israeli security remains high along the Egyptian border out of fear Palestinian militants who had already entered Sinai would attack targets in Israel.

See also Shin Bet: Trained Terrorists Returning to Gaza- Roni Sofer (Ynet News)
Diskin said the border breach allowed many Palestinian militants trained in Egypt, Syria, and Iran to return to Gaza.  James Hider, Middle East correspondent ofThe Times, said there were unconfirmed reports Sunday that two busloads of Palestinian militants who had been in Syria and Iran had arrived at Rafah and walked into Gaza and that Hamas officials were waiting there as a reception committee. (Times-UK)

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