|2010 Reuters photo of a Gaza/Sinai|
tunnel [Image Source]
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel has not yet been officially told of today's developments.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 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]
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.