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Middle East
Israeli Forces Enter Palestinian Camp
2003-10-09
Hat tip to Drudge - Breaking News, nothing on JPost yet
A large Israeli armed force rolled into the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border early Friday on a mission to destroy tunnels used for smuggling arms, witnesses and military sources said. Israeli military sources said Israel had intelligence warnings that Palestinians were planning to use tunnels under the border to smuggle in weapons that could have a strategic impact on the three-year Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the Egyptians were not taking steps to stop them.
Probably more accurate rockets...
Posted by:Frank G

#4  They wouldn't be getting Stingers from the muji's in Afghanistan; those are out-of-date and would have to be moved quite a long way.

I'd bet they came from Soddy or E-gipped stocks.
Posted by: Robert Crawford   2003-10-9 9:27:44 PM  

#3  Haaretz:
A large Israeli armed force rolled into the Rafah
refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border early Friday
on a mission to destroy tunnels used for smuggling
arms, witnesses and military sources said.
Witnesses said a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles entered Rafah from two
directions. They were joined by special forces, including engineering units with dogs trained to uncover tunnels.

A military commander at the scene said that weapons smuggled in from Egypt to Gaza
eventually make their way to the West Bank, so
"we had no choice but to strike deep against
the tunnels."

Israeli military sources, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said Israel had intelligence
warnings that Palestinians were planning to use
tunnels under the border to smuggle in weapons
that could have a strategic impact on the
three-year Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but
the Egyptians were not taking steps to stop
them.

Israel has mounted dozens of smaller missions
during the conflict, aimed at uncovering and
destroying the tunnels, turning the Rafah
refugee camp into a constant battlefield.
However, the Friday operation was larger in
scope because of the threat of the new range of
weapons set to be smuggled, the sources said.

The sources said Palestinians were attempting to
acquire missiles that could knock out tanks and
aircraft, weapons they have not used up to now.
These would include Stinger shoulder-mounted
anti-aircraft missiles that could shoot down
the attack helicopters Israel often uses in
operations in Gaza, the sources said. Stinger
missiles could also threaten Israeli warplanes
or civilian aircraft flying close to Gaza.


Posted by: Frank G   2003-10-9 7:40:21 PM  

#2  AP - on the money as usual. None of this smuggling goes on without the approval (even if it's a wink and a nod thing) of Hosni Mubarak and his regime
Posted by: Frank G   2003-10-9 7:11:29 PM  

#1  The US gives Egypt billions in aid every year, yet this smuggling business is still going on. Obviously, Egypt wants to see Israel destroyed, despite the peace treaty. We need to turn the money aid pipeline valve a rev toward closed and see what they say and do.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2003-10-9 6:48:35 PM  

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