'Egypt seizes Gaza-bound anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai'
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Security forces discover large cache of ammunition, weapons and explosives in isolated desert warehouse facility, Ma'an reports.
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Egyptian security forces in Sinai recently seized a large store of weapons and explosives that were to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Tuesday.
The cache included dozens of anti-aircraft artillery shells and several anti-aircraft missiles, according to the report. The weapons and ammunition were discovered in a hole inside an isolated desert storage facility.RELATED:Ashkenazi: We’ll be ready if Gaza tensions escalate 2 Kassams hit South after IDF kills 2 Gazans planting bombs The weapons are usually smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Sinai via tunnels. The IAF has targeted many of the tunnels in recent weeks in response to rockets and mortars being fired into Israeli territory.
In September, Egyptian police discovered nine weapons caches in the
Sinai Peninsula, a week after finding several stores in the same area,
Ma'an reported. The weapons, which officials believed were meant to be
smuggled into the Gaza Strip, were found in Rafah, El-Arish and other
locations in northern and central Sinai.
Egyptian security officials said they found machine guns, ammunition,
over 170 anti-aircraft shells, 90 artillery shells, 200 bullets of
varying sizes, anti-tank landmines and 100 kilograms of TNT.