Egypt's border guards destroys four smuggling tunnels in North Sinai (Photo Screenshot from Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman on Facebook)
The Egyptian Armed Forces said on Monday that it destroyed four smuggling tunnels in North Sinai and thwarted several attempts at illegal migration at its borders nationwide in January.
According to an official statement, the Armed Forces said its border guards seized ammunition and weaponry, including 11 machine guns, three sniper rifles and other weaponry, 2,500 bullets of various calibers and 15 satellite phones.
They thwarted illegal migration and infiltration attempts by 3,740 people of various nationalities.
It also arrested 170 smugglers and outlaws, the statement said.
It added that border guards seized 1,558 kgs of narcotic substances during inspection operations of vehicles passing through the Suez Canal tunnels.
They also seized 140 vehicles used in smuggling attempts and large quantities of smuggled and non-duty paid goods, 535,000 narcotic pills, and seven kilograms of smuggled gold.
“This comes under intensified efforts and measures by the border guards to secure Egypt’s borders in parallel with intensifying control on all border crossings,” the statement said.