A senior Egyptian police official said, Thursday that Egyptian forces had seized a large shipment of heavy weaponry on the Mediterranean coast, 430 kilometers northwest of Cairo. The official said the three-vehicle shipment included 40 surface-to-surface missiles, 17 rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, automatic weapons and 10,000 shell.
Two of the three drivers arrested are residents of the Egyptian city of Rafah on the Gaza border. During their interrogation, they told police that the arms were intended for use against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula as part of efforts to create chaos before the presidential election on May 23rd and 24th. The official said it was likely that the weapons came from Libya which has become an important source for illegal weapons since 2011's civil war, when civilians took control of army bases and armories.