IDF: Bedouins aiding Sinai terrorists ideologically motivated (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 02.24.12, 09:02)
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Defense officials claim Bedouins no longer charge fees from
terrorists they help in Egypt; Islamization trend in region growing
Six months after the Eilat terror attack which claimed the lives of
eight people, Israel´s defense establishment is still none the wiser
on who planned the attack. Defense officials now fear an abduction
attempt and have ordered IDF forces to open pursuit in order to
thwart an abduction.
Forensic experts found eye covers and hand-cuffs on the bodies of the
terrorists who carried out the August attack which points to an
intention to kidnap soldiers or citizens near the border.
Recently, the IDF has been witnessing extensive terrorist activity in
the Sinai Peninsula involving terrorists from the Gaza Strip.
Nevertheless, the defense establishment does not have sufficient
intelligence on the non-Gaza based terror cells operating from Sinai.
It has identified an Islamization trend led by Egypt´s Salafi
movement which influences young Bedouins in the region.
This is manifested in aid given to terrorist cells who require
transport which at times is done with no charge, for ideological
motives. The young Bedouins, who make a living out of smuggling, hold
almost daily fire exchanges with Egyptian forces which have left more
than 20 officers wounded in the last couple of months.
The IDF is also facing an infiltration problem on the Egypt border.
Most infiltrators arrive to Israel via Eritrea and pay their Sinai
smugglers a fee of $300-$3,000, the army believes.
Thus far, the fence built along the border has succeeded in
preventing infiltration attempts. Recent months have also seen a drop
in the number of infiltrators which is directly connected to the
construction of the fence.
An Egyptian officer deployed in the border area said that he
prevented the infiltration of 300 Africans to Israel in the past few
months. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/24/12)
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