Egypt moves 5,000 troops near Gaza border

Egypt moved 5,000 more security forces near the Gaza Strip border on Saturday after an Israeli report said Israel may bomb tunnels used for smuggling weapons into Palestinian territories, an Egyptian official said.

The egyptian troop movement is a response to a report in an Israeli news paper that Israel may employ precision guided weapons to close tunnels that are used to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

The Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reported on Friday that precision-guided weapons would be used to penetrate deep underground in the hope of destroying the tunnel network that the Jewish state says riddles the area, which is 11 km (6.5 miles) long and approximately 100 metres (330 feet) wide.

The decision to use “smart” bombs may be a substitute to reoccupying the entire region, the newspaper said. Israel says it has been unable to control weapons smuggling into Gaza since it withdrew its forces from the coastal strip last year.

“We are following the situation with extreme concern and we have not received any warnings from the Israeli side about this operation,” one Egyptian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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It seems to me that if Egypt were to use those forces to prevent the arms smuggeling to begin with that military force to close the tunnels would not be necessary. 

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