RAFAH, EGYPT (BNO NEWS) –
Egyptian authorities on Monday seized 500 kilograms of explosives in the city of Rafah, in the Sinai Peninsula near borders with Gaza strip.
Ten bags filled with a total of 500 kilograms of TNT were discovered by border guards. In addition, another bag packed with mortar shells and anti-tank missiles was also seized.
No one was arrested in connection to the discovery. Authorities believe that the ammunition could be part of the remnants of battles that took place in the region during the second half of the twentieth century.
Locals usually gather the old weapons left behind in order to remove the TNT from them before selling the arms.
However it cannot be ruled out that the weapons may be intended for a possible smuggle scheme for being sold as scrap iron.
The city of Rafah has been on the spotlight lately after Egypt decided to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza due to the attack on an aid flotilla by the Israeli navy.
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak ordered on June 1 to reopen the border crossing in order to allow passage of stranded Palestinians and to give humanitarian aid in and out of Gaza Strip.