TEL AVIV: A top Israeli diplomat says smuggling of arms from Egypt into the Gaza Strip has grown following the unrest in the Arab world.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says Israel has observed "increased activity" in Gaza. He accused militants of "trying to take advantage of the uncertainties in the region to booster their capabilities to attack Israeli cities and Israeli citizens."
Ayalon says explosives and terrorists are also being smuggled. Gaza militants have fired thousands of rockets at Israel in recent years.
Gaza is bordered by Israel and Egypt. After the Hamas seized control in 2007, both nations imposed a blockade.
Hamas uses a vast network of tunnels under the Egyptian border to smuggle in both civilian and military supplies.