Security officials said Egyptian armed forces have seized five vehicles carrying weapons into the country from Sudan, apparently headed for Gaza.
The officials said the vehicles were intercepted inside Egypt Sunday near the border with Sudan, following a shootout during which the truck drivers fled. They said the trucks were carrying large quantities of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, rifles and explosives.
They said they were headed to Hamas-ruled Gaza through smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.
The officials spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity under government regulations.
Israeli intelligence officials say Sudan is a major route for Hamas weapons. Last year Sudan accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes on smugglers inside Sudan. Israel did not comment on that report.
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