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May 10, 2004
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Israeli troops uncovered an arms-smuggling tunnel in the Gaza Strip and captured 10 digging terrorists. The operation overnight Sunday in Rafah, a refugee camp on Gaza’s southern border, was part of routine Israeli efforts to stop terrorists using tunnels to smuggle arms from nearby Egypt. Usually the tunnelers flee before troops arrive, but this time 10 of them were caught after apparently being trapped inside the secret passage, Israeli security sources said. They had digging equipment as well as enough food and water for several days.

A bomb was discovered last Friday at a synagogue near Paris. The device, described by police as of “small dimension and very amateur,” was placed in the grounds of the synagogue at Villiers-le-Bel, north of the capital. It was found by a synagogue member shortly before evening services. The bomb had been placed in a bag inscribed with a swastika and the words “Boom anti-Jews.” The incident followed an attack on a Jewish war memorial in eastern France earlier that day as well as a cemetery desecration near the German border last week. Police believe those incidents were the work of neo-Nazi groups. Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin condemned the anti-Semitic attacks, saying security would be stepped up at Jewish places of worship.

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