So, when Israel fired back at Hamas with airstrikes that killed two people, you know that the dynamic may have changed once again. The reprisal is on the heels of capturing a ship attempting to smuggle 60 tons of arms, including mortars of varying sizes and even anti-ship missiles. The Israeli Navy learned lessons from previous attempts to intercept weapons shipments.
Egyptian authorities also reported intercepting trucks carrying weapons destined for Gaza.
Egyptian security officials on Tuesday said that Egypt's army captured five vehicles smuggling weapons into the country from Sudan, and apparently heading to Gaza, AP reported.Hamas hasn't stopped its preparations for war with Israel, and it has used the lull in fighting since Operation Cast Lead to redouble its efforts to build up its terror infrastructure and capabilities to sustain an assault by Israel.
The officials said the vehicles were seized on Sunday after a shootout during which the drivers fled.
They said the trucks, which were captured inside Egypt near the Sudanese border, carried large quantities of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, rifles and explosives, reported AP.
The officials said the weapons were headed to Hamas in Gaza through smuggling tunnels.