AL-ARISH: The Egyptian authorities on Monday discovered 450 kilos of explosives and weapons caches near the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, security officials said.
The weapons, including ammunition, were stored in three hideouts near the Egypt-Gaza border in the Sinai peninsula and are believed to have been destined for the coastal strip, the officials said.
They did not give further details.
The find comes as Egyptian police are cracking down on tunnels used to smuggle weapons, fuel, cigarettes and foodstuff to the Palestinians in Gaza. Police have found 10 tunnels north of Rafah crossing during the past 48 hours.
Israel says Gaza fighters use tunnels under the Egyptian border to smuggle weapons into the besieged Palestinian territory. -Agencies