An Egyptian newspaper reported Monday that Egypt’s Public Prosecution Office indicted two Israeli Arabs and one Ukrainian for smuggling weapons from Israel into Egypt.
According to Egypt’s Seventh Day newspaper, the three are charged with smuggling weapons, bullets and artillery. One of the weapons smuggled was Israeli-made, while several others are the kind used by Egyptian security forces.
According to the report, one of the suspects is an Israeli Arab from Kfar Kara, who was caught inside a wooden crate while attempting to smuggle the weapons through the Taba Crossing, south of Eilat. He is currently being held alongside a Ukrainian citizen in Egypt. The other indicted Israeli is outside of Egypt.
The indictment comes just months after Ilan Grapel, an American-Israeli citizen jailed in Cairo on suspicion of espionage, was released in a Israeli-Egyptian prisoner exchange.
Egypt arrested Grapel, 27, in June, setting off new concerns that Egypt-Israel relations would sour after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Grapel was volunteering at a legal aid group in Cairo when he was arrested and accused of spying for Israel during the uprising that overthrew Mubarak in February. Israel denied the espionage allegations, as did Grapel's family and friends.
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