Egypt Seizes Grad Rockets Smuggled from Libya
[An Nahar] Egypt has seized a large weapons consignment, including Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
, that had been smuggled from Libya and could have been headed to the Gazoo Strip, press reports said on Saturday.
The haul, which included 138 Grad rockets and a further 139 Grad warheads, was made in the Mediterranean coastal town of Marsa Matruh, not far from the Libyan border, Egyptian newspapers reported.
The interior ministry said that police were searching for two men suspected of trafficking weapons "to the Sinai Peninsula or towards Paleostine."
Libya has been awash with weapons since last year's armed rebellion which led to the ouster and killing of veteran dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie
bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
, and Egyptian authorities have made a string of seizures near the porous desert border.
On May 10, the security forces said they had seized a large cache of weapons, including 50 rockets, in Marsa Matruh.
Israel has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
that such shipments are intended for the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled Gazoo Strip, through the extensive network of smuggling tunnels under the Egyptian border.
It has also voiced concern that Islamic krazed killer groups might be taking advantage of what it sees as the growing lawlessness of the neighboring Sinai.
Posted by: Fred