Report: Iran planned to bomb Israeli ship in Suez Canal (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Avi Issacharoff 03/25/12)
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Iran had planned to bomb an Israeli ship while it crossed the Suez
Canal, the prosecution in Egypt´s state security court said, the
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Saturday.
According to the report, two Egyptians were recently arrested and
investigated for allegedly planning an attack on an Israeli ship in
the Suez Canal.
The investigation of the two found that they had received their
instructions from Iranian agents, and that the two asked a third
person, by the name of Mohamed Zakri, to carry out the act in
exchange for 50 million Egyptian pounds.
The two denied the accusations against them.
In the past, Hezbollah terror cells that planned terror attacks,
including in the Suez Canal, were found in Egypt. Moreover, Israeli
officials have recently warned that Iran is setting up terror
infrastructure on Egyptian soil to ready the ground for an operation.
Haaretz reported last week that a high-ranking official in Jerusalem
said that Iranian military experts have been active in Sinai and the
Several terror groups are now at large in Sinai, the source
explained: local Bedouin, who are adopting the ideology of the Global
Jihad; groups supported by Iran, who are trying to recruit and train
militants not only in Sinai but throughout Egypt; and Palestinian
organizations. Joining them are Global Jihad militants from Iraq,
Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, said the official, adding that
Israel and Egypt have a common interest in combating these terrorist
He explained that "many Palestinian organizations use the Sinai
peninsula as a convenient area for activity," and added that Libya
has meanwhile been transformed into a huge arms depot, from which
weapons are transferred to Egypt and then the Gaza Strip. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/25/12)
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