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Egyptian police uncover 500 kg TNT near Rafah

TNT was hidden in 10 bags near border crossing. Egyptian police also discover various weapons from around 30 years ago hidden in central Sinai village

Despite talks of a truce, the Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza continue their attempts of smuggling various weapons through Egypt into the Strip. An Egyptian security official says police have uncovered a cache containing 500 kilograms of TNT hidden in 10 sacks near the border with the Gaza Strip.


The official said the TNT was found in a deserted area 500 meters away from the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Police also found a second weapons cache Tuesday in Qudaima village in central Sinai. It contained a few packets of TNT and weapons left over from Egypt's wars with Israel, including mortar shells and rockets.


During the past few years the Palestinians have made many attempts to smuggle weapons through tunnels underneath the border between Gaza and Egypt. Recently Egyptian police have become more involved in tracking down these weapons, and have made many discoveries of such weapons, intended for the use of terrorists in the Strip.


In March police discovered 500 kilograms of TNT and 40 land mines. An Egyptian official said they discovered the weapons in two separate areas close to the Gaza Strip.


Egyptian police also discovered six tunnels that had been used to smuggle arms between Sinai and Gaza, and destroyed them. The tunnels had been dug beneath agricultural and settled areas.


פרסום ראשון: 05.27.08, 19:20
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