Sunday, October 26, 2014

26-Oct-14: Egypt declares its price for the Sinai terrorist savagery

2010 Reuters photo of a Gaza/Sinai
tunnel [Image Source]
We wrote here last night ["26-Oct-14: The ongoing savagery just over the border"] about the jihadists of the Sinai desert and the many lives they managed to take in a couple of terror attacks on Egyptian security forces on Friday. Now Egypt pushes back:
Egypt closed its borders to a high-ranking Hamas delegation to talks with Israel on Sunday, accusing Palestinians of involvement in a deadly terror attack in Sinai Friday... Sissi said on Saturday that “foreign hands” were behind a suicide car bombing that killed over 30 soldiers at a checkpoint near the northern Sinai town of el-Arish, declaring a three-month state of emergency in the peninsula. But Egypt’s deputy interior minister, Samih Bashadi, was more specific on Sunday, accusing “Palestinian operatives” of involvement in the attack[Times of Israel, today]
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel has not yet been officially told of today's developments.

Ynet reports today, referring to the key role played by tunnels in and out of Gaza, that
The Egyptian government said it was considering establishing a three-kilometer security zone along its border with the Gaza Strip... Samih Bashadi, an interior ministry official, told the Egyptian newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday that Palestinians were involved in the attack and said the solution to the situation in the Sinai Peninsula was the establishment of a buffer zone. Security and local sources told the Egyptian paper that the Egyptian military decided to launch an extensive offensive against terror cells in northern Sinai that will include the use of Apache combat helicopters.

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