CAIRO: “Forged” maps of Egypt smuggled in a container have been seized by Ain Sokhna port authorities, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The container included copies of maps that showef the disputed border triangle of Halayeb and Shalateen oupside the borders of Egypt.
The department was previously notified by the attempt, and hence inspected the containers crossing the port, Youm7 quoted the manager of the Investigative department at ports Islam Darwish. In the same container, they found amounts of weapons including 5,000 bladed weapons, four swords, 50 walkie talkies, surveillance cameras and artificial genital organs.
A similar incident took place in January at Suez Canal Port, where manipulated copies of Egyptian maps that placed the Halayeb and Shalateen Triangle within the Sudanese territory were seized in containers coming from China.
Customs department at ports have foiled smuggling incidents of weapons, drugs and contraband.
Egypt and Sudan are at odds over the border region, with each side claiming sovereignty; the border dispute is due to conflicting maps drawn by British occupation forces; one in 1899 indicates that the triangle falls within Egyptian territory and the second in 1902 shows the area inside Sudanese borders, Minya University Nubian history professor Fathy Khourshid previously told The Cairo Post.
The Halayeb Triangle is a 20-km2 enclave on the Red Sea coast, inhabited by tribes from both Egypt and Sudan who have traditionally lived there before the demarcation of borders. Since the Sudanese independence in 1956, Egypt and Sudan have been locked in a border dispute over the area.
Residents of the triangle participated in Egypt’s 2015 parliamentary elections.
Additional reporting by Mostafa Salama