Thursday, September 29, 2011

Egyptian forces detain 5 Palestinians

Maan News Agency

An Egyptian soldier stands guard at the Egyptian Rafah crossing, in the
northern Sinai, in August [Reuters/Asmaa Waguih, File]
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Egyptian security forces detained five Palestinians during a security campaign in Al-Arish on Thursday, Egyptian security officials said.

Egyptian police and the army have launched a security crackdown and detained Palestinian smugglers who entered through the tunnels, according to security sources.

The sources added that they seized five Palestinians in one of the houses on the coast.

The campaign is ongoing, they say.

Earlier, security uncovered a warehouse in the Sinai containing explosives and missiles, security officials said.

Egyptian forces received information about smugglers storing explosives in the Sinai warehouse for export outside of Egypt, security officials told Ma'an. Security forces uncovered 600 rockets and 50 anti aircraft missiles.

In August, the Egyptian army launched a series of crackdowns in the Sinai peninsula against militants operating in the area.

The Sinai is also rife with Bedouin outlaws.

An Egyptian security official said last month that Egypt and Israel agreed to increase the number of Egyptian troops along the border in the Sinai peninsula.

The number of Egyptian forces in the Sinai peninsula is limited by the terms of the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty.