Egypt seizes smuggled Grad rockets

2012-06-30 18:00

Cairo - Egypt has seized a large weapons consignment, including Grad rockets, that had been smuggled from Libya and could have been headed to the Gaza Strip, press reports said on Saturday.

The haul, which included 138 Grad rockets and a further 139 Grad warheads, was made in the Mediterranean coastal town of Marsa Matruh, not far from the Libyan border, Egyptian newspapers reported.

The interior ministry said that police were searching for two men suspected of trafficking weapons "to the Sinai Peninsula or towards Palestine".

Libya has been awash with weapons since last year's armed rebellion which led to the ouster and killing of veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and Egyptian authorities have made a string of seizures near the porous desert border.

On May 10, the security forces said they had seized a large cache of weapons, including 50 rockets, in Marsa Matruh.

Israel has expressed concern that such shipments are intended for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, through the extensive network of smuggling tunnels under the Egyptian border.

It has also voiced concern that Islamic militant groups might be taking advantage of what it sees as the growing lawlessness of the neighbouring Sinai.

  • james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-07-07 15:56

    I Only hope that the mooslim brotherhood that now control egypt dont hand the weapons over to hamas to be fired at Innocent Women and children. Lets not forget that The mooslim brotherhood and hamas are effectivley the same organisation. While everyone cried fowl of Israel and how it looks to defend itself, Israel has in this past year alone, seen over 1500 Rockets fired into her borders. What would any rational and PROPER governement do? They would bomb the bejesus out of the agressor. Israel on the other hand still has an outstretched hand for PEACE!!! Dont however take ISRAELS kindness to mean weakness, when the line is crossed, Israel will have no choice but to act.

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