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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
PALESTINIAN WEAPONS COME FROM EGYPT, LIBYA, YEMEN (all via Egypt)

PALESTINIAN WEAPONS COME FROM EGYPT, LIBYA, YEMEN

TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israeli military intelligence has determined that three
Arab countries serve as the chief suppliers of weapons to the Palestinian
insurgency in the Gaza Strip.

Military intelligence sources said Egypt, Libya and Yemen have become the
leading suppliers of weapons to insurgency groups in the Gaza Strip. The
sources said the three Arab League states also supply Palestinian Authority
officers with extra weapons and explosives.

"The weapons are smuggled by private gangs but with full knowledge of the
authorities of these countries," a military source said. "There's no secret
here."

The sources said arms dealers purchase AK-47 assault rifles,
rocket-propelled grenades, rocket and missile components, ammunition and
explosives in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. From these countries, the supplies are
shipped to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and then smuggled over the border into
the Gaza Strip or Israel.
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