Report: Egyptian forces arrest 2 Hamas members in Sinai

April 29, 2012 17:30


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Egyptian security forces in Sinai arrested 2 members of Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Sunday. 

They were picked up by security forces while traveling in a taxi near a security checkpoint in Sinai.

The two suspects confessed to having crossed illegally into Egyptian territory through smuggling tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Sinai, an Egyptian Interior Ministry source told the Egyptian newspaper. They were referred to the military prosecutor, he added.

The two Palestinian men, Bassam Mahmoud, 34, and Haitham Ibrahim Shehta, 37, are from Ramallah in the West Bank, according to the report. 

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