El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces shot and killed two militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula Wednesday, army officials said.
Officials said Egyptian forces exchanged fire with militants in the village of al-Tawil in El-Arish. A group of armed men reportedly fired at Egyptian soldiers, who fired back, killing two of the militants.
The soldiers found four grenades in the militants' possession, officials added.
Additionally, Egyptian border guards on Wednesday seized weapons and ammunition from a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, army officials said, reporting to have discovered 13 machine guns, two machine gun barrels, and ammunition.
Meanwhile, in El-Arish, Egyptian forces seized a pick-up truck and a microbus from a different smuggling tunnel. Officials said the vehicles were loaded with marijuana.
Eight others were reported arrested south of Sheikh Zuewid and Rafah, and Egyptian soldiers claimed to have confiscated a grenade from one of them.
Egyptian forces have destroyed over 90 percent of smuggling tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border, an official said in September.
The tunnels have been a lifeline for the flow of food, clothing, building materials, and fuel into the Gaza Strip, which Israel has blockaded since 2006.