New post How Does Hamas Acquire Its Weapons?

> Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:07:21 +0000
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> Post : How Does Hamas Acquire Its Weapons?
URL : http://www.idfblog.com/2012/11/16/how-does-hamas-acquire-its-weapons/ Posted : November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Author : idfspokesperson
Tags : Pillar of Defense, smuggling, Tunnel, Weapons
Categories : Pillar of Defense

One of the main ways that Hamas acquires weapons is via an extensive network of tunnels (http://www.idfblog.com/hamas/2012/01/21/hamas-underground-tunnel-maze/) under the Gaza-Egypt border. Since Hamas seized power (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-06-14-gaza_N.htm) in the Gaza Strip in 2007, the terrorist group’s smuggling efforts have increased. With funding from Iran, Hamas has improved its stockpile of weapons.

Watch a short video with footage that the IDF captured before Hamas could add them to its arsenal:

In 2011, the Israeli Navy boarded the Victoria (

) , a German-owned ship, and discovered that it was carrying more than 50 tons of weapons (http://www.idfblog.com/2011/03/16/list-of-weaponry-found-on-the-victoria/) that were concealed behind bales of cotton and sacks of lentils, including 60 mm and 120 mm mortar shells, C-704 anti-ship missiles and ammunition for Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Most of the weapons, including the C-704 missiles (

) , were manufactured in Iran and came with Farsi-language instruction manuals printed with symbols of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

In 2009, the Israeli Navy intercepted a ship called Francop (

) contained 36 containers with 500 tons of arms: 9,000 mortar bombs, 3,000 Katyusha rockets, 3,000 gun shells, 20,000 grenades and half of a million rounds of small ammunition, all hidden behind sacks of polyethylene.

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