The Hamas terrorist organization has taken another step in securing its sovereignty over
The so-called navy is still grounded, with no marine vessels of its own, though it armed with artillery. It is headed by Jamil al-Dahashan, formerly a Hamas special force commander in
The Israel Navy has expressed grave concern at this development, and has alerted its sailors to the possibility that terrorists will try to use the
“The security fence in
Israeli Navy vessels are on guard specifically against bomb-laden fishing boasts and shooting attacks from the beaches. "A number of exceptional incidents have occurred off the coast lately," one official told the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot.
IDF sources said, however, that there has been no disruption of navy activities aimed at preventing arms smugglers from reaching
Palestinian Authority sources in
Meanwhile, Fatah PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has proposed an interesting solution to the smuggler problem under the
A similar idea has been proposed in the past by former Gush Katif Regional Council head Araleh Tzur.
Mubarak has expressed concern regarding weapons smuggling between
The Egyptian president recently announced plans to raze dozens of houses on the Egyptian side of the border town of
Egypt has been widely blamed in Israel for not preventing the arms smuggling into Gaza.