Egypt 'thwarts five attempts to smuggle weapons to Gaza'
Cairo security source claims authorities working hard to police Egypt-Gaza border.
by Philip Podolsky
The Times of Israel
February 7, 2013
Egypt's security forces have foiled five attempts to smuggle munitions from the Sinai peninsula to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in the last few weeks, an Egyptian source said Thursday.
Ynet news quoted the source as saying Egypt is taking smuggling across the Egypt-Gaza border very seriously and puts great effort into thwarting such activities.
On January 20 Egyptian security forces stopped a truck laden with one ton of explosives as it headed from Cairo towards the Sinai. They arrested the driver of the truck and removed 50 crates of explosives from the vehicle.
Egyptian media reported that so far this winter security forces have intercepted five tons of explosives, rockets and other weapons, all of which were apparently destined to be smuggled into Gaza via cross-border tunnels.
Many of the weapons are thought to come from Libya.
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