Egyptians intercept Libyan surface-to-air missiles in Sinai

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October 14, 2011 11:05

 
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Egypt security officers said they intercepted surface-to-air missiles smuggled from Libya through the Sinai peninsula, the Washington Post reported Friday, a day after Egypt reportedly flew fighter jets over certain areas of Sinai without requisite permission from Israel.

According to the Washington Post report, an Egyptian source said that Palestinians in Gaza had likely struck a deal over the weapons with contacts in Libya.

Such weapons pose a serious threat to Israel, which regularly patrols the strip with "helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft," the Washington Post reported.

Egyptian security sources said that weapons smuggling through Sinai has boosted the black market there.

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