Gaza still smuggling weapons, intel chief says


JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 22 tons of explosives have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip since Israel’s military offensive ended, Israel’s intelligence chief said.

In addition, dozens of tons of raw material to produce weapons, as well as rockets, missiles and mortar shells, have crossed into Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin told Israel’s Cabinet in a briefing Sunday.

Diskin said Egyptian efforts to halt the smuggling across its border with Gaza have improved. He also said that several terror organizations operating in Gaza have plans to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

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