Egypt has reduced it naval anti-smuggling activities as compared to the past, Yediot Ahronot correspondent Alex Fishman reported, citing anonymous senior Israeli security sources.

Palestinian boats loaded with people and suspicious material can be seen passing within meters of Egyptian Coast Guard boats on their way from Egypt to Gaza. Sometimes the Egyptians can be seen waiving hello to the passing boats and dinghies.

“Until the “calm” the [Israeli] Navy stopped boats, dinghies, etc. going from the Egyptian coast towards the Gaza coast that were suspected of being associated with the smuggling of weapons or activists to Gaza. Since the “calm” this activity of the [Israeli] navy has ceased such that the water passage to Gaza has transformed into the “secure path” for smuggling. The complaints that Israel has passed to Egypt so far on this matter have not been answered in the field,” Fishman reported.

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