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Egypt army says anti-aircraft missiles seized in Sinai

Feb. 11, 2012 4:45 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2012 2:16 P.M.)
El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces seized a stash of bombs Saturday in the Sinai peninsula, officials said.

Among the weapons were a number of anti-aircraft missiles, security sources said. Sappers headed to the site in northern Sinai and began dismantling the missiles and several tons of TNT.

The weapons were suspected of being prepared for shipment to Gaza.

The Sinai has suffered a breakdown in security in recent weeks, as armed men kidnapped foreign tourists and attacked Egyptian security forces across the peninsula.

Three Korean tourists and their Egyptian guide were seized in St. Catherine on Friday; three Americans were kidnapped earlier to negotiate the release of Bedouins imprisoned for weapons and drugs violations.

On Thursday, members of a Bedouin tribe captured 17 border guards of the Central Security Forces along the Israeli-Egyptian border, security officials said.

Sinai has long been a restive area, where Bedouins complain of government neglect. It hosts several Red Sea resorts with five-star hotels, but Bedouins say they do not see the benefits.

Sinai's gas lines have come under attack at least 12 times since Egyptian resident Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011. Security in Sinai loosened after Mubarak's fall as the police presence thinned out across Egypt.
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