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Israel says Hamas has smuggled 40 tons of weapons into Gaza

Associated Press - August 27, 2007 7:53 AM ET

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli intelligence says Hamas (hah-MAHS') militants have managed to smuggle 40 tons of weapons into the Gaza Strip since June, when they seized control of the territory from the rival Fatah (FAH'-tah) faction.

The assessment was presented at the Sunday meeting of the Israeli Cabinet. Security officials quoted by Army Radio blame Egypt for not honoring anti-smuggling agreements, allowing weapons in along its border with Gaza.

A Jerusalem newspaper says officials think exiled Palestinian leaders in Syria are working to renew suicide attacks in an effort to derail peace efforts between Israel and Palestinians regarded as moderate.

Israeli officials say Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (EH'-hood OHL'-murt) is to meet in Jerusalem tomorrow with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS').

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