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  7/19/2007, Av 4, 5767

US Congress Withholds Aid from Egypt


Members of the United States Congress told Egyptian officials on Thursday that Egypt would not receive US aid until it began fighting weapons smuggling between Egypt and Gaza.  $200 million in aid has been frozen due to the smuggling, which IDF officials say has dramatically increased Hamas’s capabilities.

                       

The aid was frozen under a new law that also reduces US aid to Egypt from $1.3 billion to $1.1 billion per year.  The law has not yet been approved by the US Senate or signed by US President George Bush.