By Reuters Haaretz 5 December 2006
Egyptian police found 500 kg of explosives hidden in bags in central Sinai
and bound for smuggling into Gaza, police sources said on Tuesday.
Egyptian police also destroyed with explosives one of the tunnels thought to
be used for smuggling.
The TNT, covered in plastic sheeting, were concealed in a mountain area near
Giddi, about 130 km west of the Egyptian-Israeli border, they said.
Egyptian police found more than four tons of explosives in central Sinai
last month and suspect that too was on its way to Palestinians in Gaza, they
Israel says smuggling across the Egyptian border is one of the main ways
arms and ammunition reach Palestinians in Gaza.
Police found no one in or near the tunnel near the divided border town of
Rafah but found signs that it had been used, an official police source said.
Militants regularly fired rockets across the Gaza Strip's border with Israel
before a ceasefire on November 26 which ended a five-month-old Israel
Defense Forces offensive in the territory.
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