Egypt arrests two Palestinian militants in Sinai

Other News Materials 2 February 2008 19:51 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Egypt arrested two Palestinian militants with weapons and explosives in the Sinai peninsula near its breached border with the Gaza Strip, security officials said Saturday.

The men were arrested in al-Sheikh Zowaiyd area, some 10 kilometres away from the crossing point of Rafah, security sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Meanwhile, a search was going ahead for another group of militants who escaped into mountains carrying explosives and weapons, apparently planning an attack against Israel.

On Friday, Egypt had arrested 12 Palestinian militants with weapons and explosives after they crossed the Gaza Strip border into Egypt a week after gunmen blew holes in the border wall.

Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak earlier allowed Palestinians to enter Rafah to buy medicine and food supplies, as long as they hold no weapons or explosives into the border.

Israel has imposed a blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has been controlled by Hamas since June, after a surge in rocket attacks by militants there.