Egyptian security forces have succeeded in thwarting an Israeli attempt to smuggle out several documents belonging to Jewish community in the African country, a report says. Cairo police seized 13 parcels which contained private books and papers, dated back to the 19th century, before they were sent to Jordan and from there to Israel, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram said in a recent report.
Meanwhile, Saudi daily newspaper Ilaf quoted an Egyptian security official as saying that the Israeli regime’s spy agency, Mossad, had orchestrated the smuggling attempt.There are intense efforts to discover the owner of the shipments, which were ready to be sent to Jordan in the name of a French citizen. Reports also point to the involvement of a member of the regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in the smuggling attempt whose arrest warrant has been issued for collecting the documents on behalf of a Lebanese acquaintance. It is still unclear that where the documents came from, but Al-Ahram said that they were either leaked by a government official, or stolen from the Egyptian Scientific Institute in Cairo during the one-year anniversary of the revolution in the country. Mubarak, a long-time and staunch ally of Israel, was ousted following a popular revolution in the North African country in 2011. MR/JR