000_Nic6305785-635x357The Klos-C arms shipment seized by Israeli forces on March 5 may have been bound for Sinai rather than the Gaza Strip, a US official and two Middle East analysts told Reuters on Tuesday. The report cast doubt on Israel’s assertion that the Iranian cargo was bound for the Palestinian enclave to serve terror cells there, and said that Israel may have obfuscated its real destination in order to spare Egypt the humiliation of conceding the security unrest in the peninsula.  “Were the Israelis to say the rockets were going to Sinai, then they would also have had to say who in Sinai was going to receive the rockets,” one unnamed source said. The report stressed that the Middle East sources were not Israeli. The US official was quoted as saying that while the arsenal would ultimately serve terrorists in targeting Israel, the bulky M302 rockets would not have been able to avoid detection during their transfer to Gaza, and that it was therefore far more likely that Sinai was the intended destination.  “You look at those things and it’s obvious they couldn’t have been slipped into Gaza,” the official said. Furthermore, the long range of the M302s, at 160 kilometers (100 miles), would allow for rocket strikes of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv even from the Sinai. Regarding the mortars found on board the ship: The official said those were probably meant for Gaza, since “you can fit each of those in a backpack.” The 400,000 bullets may have been shipped for another unknown African buyer, the official said. Naval commandos intercepted 40 M-302 missiles,181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullet in the arms cache on the Panamanian flagged ship in the Red Sea, off the coasts of Eritrea and Sudan. Israel hailed the discovery of the shipment as exposing Iranian efforts to support global terrorism, and repeatedly stressed that the arms cache was meant for Gaza.  MORE