Egypt arrests four for smuggling arms to Sinai

Egypt arrests four for smuggling arms to Sinai

Men caught with thousands of rounds of ammunition and RPGs near Libyan border

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Egyptian security forces on Thursday arrested four people in the Matrouh province bordering Libya who were allegedly attempting to smuggle arms to the Sinai Peninsula.

The four men, two from the Sinai and two from Matrouh, drove two vehicles without license plates that were transporting arms and ammunition, Ynet reported.

The security forces found in the vehicles 2,084 rounds for anti-aircraft guns, 15 rocket-propelled grenades, 12 RPG launchers, and 12 TNT charges.

In the past, weapons smuggled from Libya have wound up in the hands of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.

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