Egypt seizes rockets near Gaza - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Foiled Smuggling

Egypt-Gaza border (Archives) Photo: Reuters
Egypt-Gaza border (Archives) Photo: Reuters
 
 

Egypt seizes rockets near Gaza

Authorities in Sinai seize six anti-aircraft, anti-tank rockets that may have been on way to Gaza Strip

Reuters
Published: 01.04.13, 20:10 / Israel News

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

 

They said the rockets, taken from a cache in central Sinai late on Thursday, were "modern", but did not disclose their origin. No smugglers were found in the area.

 

Related stories:

 

Egyptian security forces are trying to reassert control over the Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and which has suffered from lawlessness since the revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February 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 longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

 

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 Aug. 5.

 

Egypt brokered a truce ending the latest round of 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.

 

"Hamas has been deterred in the Gaza Strip, and Egypt is committed to preventing the arms smuggling," Israel's Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement on Friday.

 

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has vowed to restore order in Sinai, but mistrust runs deep between the indigenous Bedouin population there and the central government in Cairo.

 

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
9 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    למציאת מרחב ההתגוננות האישי שלכם »
    פיקוד העורף מזכיר: יש לחכות 10 דקות במרחב המוגן לפני שיוצאים החוצה
    רשימת יישובים במרחב