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Friday, January 4, 2013
Egypt stops sophisticated U.S. missiles from being smuggled into Gaza

Egypt stops sophisticated U.S. missiles from being smuggled into Gaza

Published today (updated) 01/04/2013 at 07:10
http://www.maannews.net/arb/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=553327
[Translated from Arabic]

Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian security forces have in Sinai at dawn on Friday
seized advanced anti-tank and aircraft missile from where they were being
stored.

Security sources said said that after the Egyptian Interior Ministry
received information of the intention to smugglers in Sinai to smuggle a
shipment of rockets to the Gaza Strip through the tunnels after storing them
in a secret location in the desert south of Al-Arish, it immediately formed
a large security force of Egyptian police led all by Major General Ahmed
Helmi and Major General Syed Shafiq - an aide to Egyptian Interior Minister
of Public Security, and the CID, and raided the location in an area called
Bir Hven.

The sources added that the Egyptian security found six modern US made
missiles, carefully hidden inside a large pit in the ground in preparation
for smuggling into the Gaza Strip through the tunnel. It is likely that
they were smuggled from Libya to Sinai to be smuggled into Gaza.

The length of the missiles is 75 cm with a diameter of 40 cm and a range of
2 km. Anti-tank and aircraft missiles were already seized by the Egyptian
authorities in the middle of last month in the same area - including 17
French-made missiles destined for smuggling into the Gaza Strip through the
tunnels.

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