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Egypt Intercepts Shipment of Rockets Destined for Gaza Strip

May 20, 2012

Egyptian security forces seized a weapons cache that includes 191 rockets that were believed headed for Gaza, the Interior Ministry said.

Three men were arrested after some of the weapons, which included anti-aircraft and Grad rockets, were found in two vehicles, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The rest, which were believed smuggled in from Libya, were found in a storage facility, the statement said.

The seizure was the latest in a series of similar discoveries of weapons that Egyptian authorities maintain are being routed into the country from Libya. Security in Egypt’s western neighbor has yet to be restored months after a bloody uprising that ended with the ouster and subsequent death of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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