January 31, 2009
In News The Israel-Palestine Conflict
CAIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Cameras and sensors are being installed to block smuggling of arms through tunnels into Gaza, Egyptian officials say.
The sensors will pick up both digging and construction, an official told The Jerusalem Post.
“They started being installed two days ago,” the official said. “We are installing them with the help of American, French and German experts.”
Israeli experts say many of the tunnels were destroyed during three weeks of bombing and a ground invasion of Gaza. But they believe some survived and others are being repaired.
Meanwhile, a ship, the Monechgorsk, allegedly carrying arms and explosives to Hamas in Gaza was being held in Cyprus. The Cypriot Navy intercepted the vessel Thursday and escorted it to anchor off Limassol.
The United States first raised questions about the Monechgorsk after finding munitions during a search in the Gulf of Aden.
Military officials in Cyprus said a first search turned up hundreds of tons of explosives, the Cyprus Mail reported. Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou said a second search will determine whether the load violates U.N. resolutions.