Rice: U.S. to Check on Egypt-Gaza Smuggling

[Ha'aretz] Shmuel Rosner - Secretary of State Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that the U.S. is sending senior officials to examine the continued smuggling of arms, equipment and persons from Egypt into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Rice reiterated what she told her Egyptian counterpart Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit two weeks ago about the need to do more, and "urgently." Next week Robert Danin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, will travel to the border area. The Bush administration is keen to understand why the Egyptians have approached the smuggling with a weak hand.

2007-10-10 01:00:00

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