Egyptian army confiscates weapons in Sinai Peninsula
Published Sunday 12/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 16:05
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army on Sunday discovered and confiscated weapons in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security sources told Ma'an.
In the Nakhal area of central Sinai, Egyptian troops found an anti-aircraft machine gun mounted in an unregistered pickup truck. Four small machine guns and an RPG launcher were also found, along with ammunition, the sources said.
Army commander Osama Askar told Ma'an that Bedouins in the area contributed to the operation.
Egyptian armed forces launched large-scale military action against militants in the Sinai Peninsula in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.
The military action comes in the wake of rising instability in the region, following the Egyptian army's July overthrow of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Armed groups have taken advantage of the relatively lawless situation in the Sinai to increase levels of smuggling and human trafficking.