Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Israel and US act to end arms smuggling into Gaza

 Israel and US act to end arms smuggling into Gaza
Euronews logo
Text size Aa Aa

The United States and Israel have signed a deal to stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza from Egypt. The U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said the agreement ultimately would contribute towards a “durable ceasefire.”

Israel has indicated that its military offensive is its final act and this so-called “memorandum of understanding” is thought to be a crucial step towards it agreeing to the terms of the Egyptian peace plan. Under the deal, Israeli officials say, the United States will lead a campaign with its NATO allies to intercept weapons shipments bound for Gaza from Iran and elsewhere. The UN says tunnels between Gaza and Egypt have become a vital lifeline because of Israel’s tight blockade.