Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Security quartet formed to address issue of arms smuggling into Gaza, Abbas receives 5,500 new weapons
"......Now a new 'security' quartet has been formed to deal solely with the issue of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
The 'security' quartet consists of representatives from Israel, Egypt, the United States and the Palestinian Authority. Last weekend delegations from each of the quartet nations met in Cairo, the meeting was chaired by U.S. Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, the security coordinator between Israel and the Palestinians.
According to sources, the quartet expressed dissatisfaction with Egypt's attempts to wipe-out arms smuggling through tunnels into the Gaza Strip.
Israeli security sources stated that Egypt has pledged to intensify security cooperation with Israel with regard to arms-smuggling from Rafah to the Gaza Strip.
According to Haaretz, Egypt will also clamp down on Palestinian fugitives that reach the Sinai side of the Rafah crossing......
Haaretz claimed that Jordan transferred 3,000 M-16 rifles to Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, through the sheikh Hussein crossing between Jordan and Israel. Egypt transferred 2,500 AK-47 rifles to Abbas loyalists through the Rafah crossing. Egypt and Jordan also donated 3 million bullets for the rifles.
Security bodies loyal to Abbas bought heavy machine guns from an undisclosed source and managed to bring them into the territories......"
Long live PA-Israeli-Egyptian "security" cooperation. This should keep PM Habila smiling and waving.