Egyptian Military Seizes Hamas Arms Cache

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- A high-ranking Egyptian general accused Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, of terrorizing Egyptians.

On Tuesday, the Egyptian military seized a truck en route from the port of Suez to Cairo transporting 19 Grad rockets and military equipment hidden in a container marked curtains and household decorations.

Third Field Army commander Maj.-Gen. Osama Askar said the Grads were the same type used by the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, Times of Israel Arab Affairs correspondent Elhanan Miller reported.

Askar said the arms were intended "to help the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian people." Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Besides the Grads, the shipment included military boots and camouflage uniforms, pistols, ammunition belts and military tents packed in a container marked curtains and household decorations. The driver was armed with an automatic rifle and ammunition.

Gen. Askar said the rockets were "on their way to be used in terror activities against the Egyptian people" and the uniforms were enough to outfit an entire army.

Hamas spokesman Ihab al-Ghosein called the report part of a campaign to "tarnish the true image of the Palestinian people."

"The only beneficiary of this is the Israeli occupation, which rejoices at the divide within the Arab and Islamic nation," he said.

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