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November 27, 2012 2:59 pm

Report: Egyptian Security Seizes Shipment of Weapons on Way to Gaza, Including Anti-Aircraft Artillery

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Egyptian daily Al-Ahram has reported that Egyptian security forces seized several shipments of weapons in the Sinai Desert Tuesday. The weapons were believed to be from Libya, and bound for the Gaza Strip. Three suspects were detained, reports the Ma’an News Agency

A preliminary investigation indicated the shipment contained 185 bullet crates, anti-tank and anti-aircraft artillery, rockets, RPG launchers, land mines and explosives – collectively worth some 20 million Egyptian pounds (roughly $ 3.3 million).

Defenceweb reports that according to Egyptian daily Al-Masry al-Youm, last week Egyptian security forces seized a large arms shipment that had been smuggled into the seaport of Marsa Matruh. The shipment included 108 Grad rockets and 19,646 rounds of ammunition. Three suspects fled into the desert after being ambushed by security forces.

Despite a recent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas following an eight day conflict, Hamas has vowed to continue arming itself.

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