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authorities intercepted a shipment of at least 190 anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai
probably destined for Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian news Agency Ma'an reported. According to the report, the Egyptian police raided several storage areas in the area and discovered
the secret cache hidden in a remote region in the center of the peninsula.
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RELATED: IAF targets smuggling tunnels in GazaHamas reopens smuggling tunnelsIn addition to the anti-aircraft missiles, rockets and other ammunition were seized, as well as a large supply of illegal drugs.Reports also stated that authorities raided
several locations in Rafah, where they found more stores of explosives
and weapons.Earlier on Saturday Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai reported that Syria's military is on high alert for an Israeli attack on Hizbullah weapons depots located in the country.Israel
and Egypt have maintained a tough blockade of Gaza since Hamas seized
power in June 2007, and the hundreds of tunnels in the Rafah area are
the main entry point for many basic items, as well as weapons.The
Gaza-Egypt border sits at the northeastern tip of Sinai.At the beginning of August, the
Israeli Air Force struck a tunnel used to smuggle weapons into the Gaza
Strip as a retaliation for a Kassam rocket fired into Israel
which struck near Sderot.
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