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Egyptian security forces uncovered a massive arms cache in the central Sinai Peninsula before dawn on Thursday allegedly intended for smuggling into the Gaza Strip, according to the Egyptian daily Al-Yum a-Saba.

The cache included 100 anti-aircraft missiles, 40 RPG missiles and 40 other explosive devices.

The commander of Egypt's security forces in Sinai, General Mohammed Najib, was tipped off to the cache after he was notified that suspected arms smugglers had succeeded in stashing their weapons in the area.

Security forces and sappers have cleared the ammunition from the storage sites, many of them places which have served in the past as battle zones.

The Egyptian forces suspect the smugglers to be Sinai Bedouin who collected weapons found following battles with the goal of sneaking weapons into the Gaza Strip.