Egypt intercepts 108 explosive warheads from Libya via Sinai & onto Gaza

Egyptian security officials confiscated trucks carrying a variety of small-arms ammunition and 108 explosive warheads for Soviet-designed Grad rockets, that were smuggled from Libya.

By the Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


Egyptian security officials said Wednesday that authorities have confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya.

Grad rockets are fired at Israel by Palestinian and Sinai-based terrorist groups. [Illustrative] – Photo: Reuters

They said authorities seized the pickup trucks, carrying some 108 warheads for Soviet-designed Grad rockets, near Marsa Matruh, 430 kilometers (270 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast. Suspected smugglers had fled the scene.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

A flood of weapons from Libya has added to security concerns in Egypt, where police have yet to fully return to their duties since last year’s uprising. Smuggled weapons often fall into the hands of Islamist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip, where combat between Hamas terrorists and Israel is currently ongoing.

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