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Egypt seizes Gaza-bound weapons

Oct. 18, 2010 1:08 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2010 12:11 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces seized weapons, explosives and cars destined for Gaza in the border town of Rafah on Monday, a security source told Ma'an.

The source said forces received a tip-off that smugglers were preparing to transfer the arms into Gaza through the tunnel complex in the Sarsuriya area, sending a force of armored vehicles and police dogs to locate the cache.

Among the arms discovered were machine guns, ammunition, grenades, safety vests, landmines as well as 150 kilograms of TNT, the source said.

Forces also located three smuggling tunnels, one of which was large enough for the transfer of cars. The other two tunnels were used to transfer goods.

The source said Egyptian security has discovered 580 tunnels since the beginning of 2010, including 16 for car smuggling. Egypt has launched a crackdown on weapons smuggling from the border area in recent months, seizing a number of weapons caches containing explosives.

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