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Jordan uncovers more Hamas weapons

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AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Jordanian security officials have discovered more Hamas weapons hidden in a village in northern Jordan, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

The accusation marks increasingly strained relations between the Jordanian government and the Hamas-led government in the Palestinian territories.

Last week, the Jordanian government asked Hamas to postpone a visit by the Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahhar after announcing they had found Syrian-supplied weapons that Hamas had smuggled into Jordan.

The spokesman, Nasser Judeh, said the latest weapons were smuggled into Jordan by Hamas members in Syria and were intended for use in terror attacks against Jordanian targets including Jordanian officials.

"The security apparatus seized weapons, TNT explosives, T4, and missiles to target some foundations and a number of officials," Judeh said.

Last week Hamas leaders denied smuggling the weapons. Hamas leaders said they were focused on fighting Israel and had no intention of interfering in other Arab states.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited Amman last Friday in an attempt to patch up relations with the Jordanians.

Jordanian officials said Abbas was shown the weapons and given a briefing by Jordanian security officials. They quoted Abbas as saying the situation was becoming "dangerous and ugly."

Judeh said security officials had arrested Jordanians who were involved in the weapons smuggling. He said they told security officials they were getting instructions from Hamas in Syria.

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