Israel: Egypt allowing weapons smuggling

Sept. 27, 2006 at 10:24 AM

JERUSALEM, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's Shin Bet security agency said Wednesday Egypt is turning a blind eye to arms shipments to Palestinian militants.

At a Cabinet meeting, Yuval Diskin said 19 tons of explosives and rifles had entered the Gaza Strip since August 2005, with 4 tons of that since last month, Ynetnews reported.

"The Egyptians know who the smugglers are and aren't taking care of them," Diskin said. "They even received intelligence from us on the matter."

Diskin also called for the government and military to take more notice of the smuggling.

"If (I) would report to the government similar amounts being smuggled from Syria to Hezbollah (in Lebanon), a large outcry would arise here," he said.

After the meeting, Israeli Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter spoke on Israel Radio and called for the government to pressure Egypt to stop the smuggling, and said pressure from the United States and European Union would be helpful.

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