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Egypt Seizes US-made Rockets Meant for Gaza

Jan. 4, 2013

Filastin al-Yawm website, Gaza, in Arabic 4 Jan 13

Palestinian Islamic Jihad-affiliated news site Filastin al-Yawm at 0616 gmt on 4 January quotes "security sources in Al-Arish" as saying that the Egyptian authorities in Sinai at dawn seized a stockpile of upgraded and US-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets meant to be smuggled through the tunnels into the Gaza Strip.

According to the source, the Egyptian Interior Ministry was tipped off on the location of a cache of rockets in a desert area south of Al-Arish known as Bi'r Lahfan and on a plan to smuggle them into Gaza. The source added that upon receiving this information, the Egyptian police set up a special force led by Maj-Gen Ahmad Hilmi and Maj-Gen Sayyid Shafiq.

The sources further pointed out that the Egyptian security forces tracked down six US-made rockets stashed in a deep ditch, noting that the rockets are believed to have been smuggled into Egyptian territory from Libya.

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