Egypt returns radioactive shipment to Israel

EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egypt has sent back to Israel a delivery of 32 tonnes of tiles that was emitting high levels of radiation, a security official told AFP on Monday.

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 16 Jun 2008, 8:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:10 PM

Authorities seized the truckload of tiles on Friday after it crossed into the Sinai from Israel via a crossing near the Gaza Strip. They detected the radiation and called in nuclear experts to examine the vehicle.

‘A body charged with nuclear security, which is part of the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, examined the cargo and decided to send it back to Israel immediately,’ an official said.

Israeli authorities have been told why the cargo was refused and informed of the radiation levels that were discovered, the official added.

Egypt's official MENA news agency said that the shipment had been sent back because ‘it contained high levels of radioactivity’ but there was no indication it was dangerous,

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