(IsraelNN.com) Instead of living up to its commitment to stop terror and disarm terror organizations, the Palestinian Authority has allowed Hamas to rearm and even to procure newer and more powerful weaponry, Israel charges. In the past few days alone, Hamas has smuggled in 600 rifles and many ammunition clips, and there is also critical evidence that it has anti-aircraft missiles in its store along with Kassam rockets.
During Prime MinisterAriel Sharon's April trip to the US, he is planning to brief US President George W. Bush about the PA failure and strongly advice him not to pressure Israel to proceed with the implementation of the road map until the PA acts to stop terror decisively.
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The end of the short "hudna" period – temporary ceasefire – appears to be in sight, at least to terrorist elements in Gaza. They are engaged in smuggling weapons and testing the IDF's alertness.
After a lull in attempted Arab arms smuggling across the Gaza-Egyptian border, IDF soldiers have stopped several such attempts in the past few days. After midnight last night, IDF forces arrested three smugglers at the Israeli-Egyptian border, and confiscated their contraband: Ten Kalachnikov rifles and 24 pistols, and ammunition for same.
Earlier Tuesday evening, an IDF unit captured an Arab terrorist as he crossed through the border fence between Israel and Egypt near Rafiah. The Arab was smuggling tens of pistols, a sniper rifle, and ammunition to PA-controlled areas. See pictures displaying the weapons he was smuggling.
This morning, five unarmed Arabs were caught trying to infiltrate into pre-'67 Israel from northern Gaza. It is assumed that they were attempting to test the Israeli forces' alertness in the area.
Also this morning, gunfire was directed at an IDF outpost near Rafiach, in southern Gaza. No one was hurt.
MIM : Israel national news published these photos of yesterday's seizure of smuggled weaponry.
"An IDF unit captured an Arab terrorist Tuesday evening (Mar. 29, 2005) as he crossed through the border fence between Israel and Egypt near Rafiah. The Arab was smuggling tens of pistols, a sniper rifle, and ammunition to PA-controlled areas. The pictures below display the weapons he was smuggling. "http://www.israelnn.com/images/news/Smuggling_weapons/Smuggling_weapons.htm