GAZA CITY [MENL] -- Hamas has captured thousands of assault rifles and
scores of combat vehicles financed by the United States and supplied by
Egypt and Jordan to the Palestinian Authority.The Islamic movement acquired the weapons, ammunition and vehicles
during Hamas's capture of security installations in the Gaza Strip aligned
with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. For the most part, Fatah-aligned PA officers
fled the Hamas assaults."I would say that they have most of the weapons and armored vehicles
sent by Egypt and Jordan over the last year," a PA security officer said.The officer said Hamas seized thousands of U.S.-origin M-16 and
Soviet-origin AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles as well as military radios.
He said other booty captured by Hamas included trucks, mortars and hand
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