Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

'Egyptians seize explosives store headed for Gaza'

June 19, 2011 23:56

Palestinian news agency reports authorities in Sinai seize weapons cache waiting to be smuggled through tunnels into Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sits in Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnel

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

Egyptian security sources in central Sinai seized a store of explosives slated to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

The report quoted Egyptian security sources as saying the explosives, located near a police station in the Sinai peninsula, were waiting to be picked up by smugglers who planned to illegally bring them into Gaza through smuggling tunnels.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Israel concerned about Hamas-Egypt relations
'Arms smuggling threatens Mideast balance of power'

The raid was carried out by security forces, accompanied by tanks, police dogs and bomb disposal experts. The weapons cache was discovered in a two meter deep hole in the ground, covered with palm leaves.

A Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) report released last month said that smugglers of arms into the Gaza Strip were operating almost freely after a change of leadership in Egypt.

The report said with Egypt's new leaders preoccupied with stabilizing their country, "governance in Sinai is not high and this allows smugglers to operate almost without hindrance.

"Today the Egyptian regime's attention is focused on stabilizing the new government and this eases the Sinai smugglers' task," the report said.

Reuters contributed to this report.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Egypt
  • Gaza
  • Sinai
  • Smuggling
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Trump Israel
    April 25, 2017
    Mideast states to bear the brunt of Trump's draconian aid cuts


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 29
      Beer Sheva
      13 - 25
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 12 - 28
      13 - 25
    • 19 - 34
      16 - 31