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Rockets Seized in Sinai

May 16, 2013

Egyptian authorities seized six anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets in the Sinai peninsula that smugglers may have intended to send to the Gaza Strip, security sources said.

They said the rockets, taken from a cache in central Sinai on Thursday, were "modern", but did not disclose their origin.

Egypt is trying to reassert control over Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and which has suffered from lawlessness since the revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.

The army announced recently it had seized smuggled rockets and other weapons in Egypt's western desert bordering Libya, which has been awash with arms since the civil war which toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

Egypt closed some of the tunnels used to smuggle goods into Gaza last year as part of a crackdown on Islamist militants blamed for the killing of 16 border guards on August 5.

Egypt brokered a truce ending fighting between Israel and Gaza's Islamist Palestinian Hamas movement in November. Under the deal, Israel asked Cairo to crack down on Sinai weapons trafficking into the blockaded coastal enclave.

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Source: Copyright Herald, The (Scotland)

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