Palestinian sources: Weapons caches seized in Sinai

Ma'an news agency says 9 new stores found; Egyptian police discover machine guns, anti-aircraft shells, bound for Gaza smuggling tunnels.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 7, 2010 18:25
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Soldiers stand watch on the Egyptian border.

egyptian border 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Egyptian police discovered nine weapons caches in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, a week after finding several stores in the same area, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

The weapons, which officials believe were meant to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip, were found in Rafah, El-Arish and other locations in northern and central Sinai.

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Egyptian security officials said they found machine guns, ammunition, over 170 anti-aircraft shells, 90 artillery shells, 200 bullets of varying sizes and anti-tank landmines. 100 kilograms of TNT were also discovered hidden in a Rafah cemetary.

In addition to the weapons caches, Egyptian security forces also discovered two tunnels in Rafah used for smuggling cars into Gaza.

Last week, a warehouse was reportedly found in Nakhel, in the Sinai, with 30 artillery shells and 20 anti-aircraft missiles. In addition, 80 anti-aircraft missiles were found in the side of a mountain, while 50 more such missiles and other weapons were found in Wadi Hurriya.

Ma'an reported that the weapons were on their way to be smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels.


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