US Navy Hunts Hamas Arms Ship

Iran sends supplies to allies in Gaza
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2009 6:35 AM CST
A Palestinian smuggler in a tunnel talks on a telephone to another smuggler at surface level in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on Friday.   (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
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(Newser) – An American naval force is on the trail of a ship believed to be carrying Iranian arms bound for Hamas, the Times of London reports. Iran is working to resupply Hamas fighters in the wake of the three-week Israeli assault on Gaza using vessels purportedly sent to fight piracy along the African coast, according to Israeli intelligence.

One possible route for transporting the armaments to Hamas could be the infamous border tunnels into Gaza, say sources. Despite the Israeli bombings, an estimated 100 tunnels still operate across the border. Iran plans to bring rockets within 50 miles of Gaza, putting Tel Aviv and the Dimona nuclear reactor in range for the first time, according to the Israeli intelligence.