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Egypt intercepts weapons from Sudan bound for Gaza

March 16, 2011 00:59

Egyptian security officials say mortars, RPGs, rifles and explosives meant to reach Hamas through smuggling tunnels seized after shootout.

Palestinian sits in Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnel

Gaza smuggling tunnel 311 (R). (photo credit:REUTERS)

Egyptian security officials on Tuesday said that Egypt's army captured five vehicles smuggling weapons into the country from Sudan, and apparently heading to Gaza, AP reported.

The officials said the vehicles were seized on Sunday after a shootout during which the drivers fled.

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They said the trucks, which were captured inside Egypt near the Sudanese border, carried large quantities of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, rifles and explosives, reported AP.

The officials said the weapons were headed to Hamas in Gaza through smuggling tunnels.

The IDF also seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy in the Mediterranean Sea, 200 miles off of Israel's coast.

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