Sinai Terrorism Heats Up, Kills 2 Egyptian Soldiers (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 04/15/12)
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Terrorism is on the rise in the Sinai Peninsula, with Egyptian
soldiers paying the ultimate price on Sunday. Two Egyptian soldiers
were killed and two others were wounded Sunday by radical Salafi
Islamist terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.
The ambush took place against the backdrop of increasing anarchy in
the region, populated largely by Bedouin tribes.
Security officials said they were planning to dispatch larger forces
to the region, where terror attacks against Egyptian troops have been
on the rise in recent months.
Last month, two smugglers were killed by Egyptian security forces as
they attempted to enter Israel through the Sinai border. Security
officials subsequently confirmed killing one Egyptian Bedouin and one
Israeli Arab in a tersely worded official statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commented earlier this
month that the region is rapidly becoming a “rocket launching pad for
terrorists,” in addition to having already become a hideout for
terror cells. Israel is building a security barrier in an effort to
Just prior to the Passover holiday, terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula
fired three Grad Katyusha rockets at the Red Sea resort city of
Eilat. The remains of one of the rockets was found almost
immediately. A second, unexploded rocket was discovered several days
later, outside the city. It is not clear whether or where the third
missiles was located.
Last year eight Israelis and six Egyptian soldiers were killed in
cross-border attack on Highway 12 north of Eilat by terrorists based
in the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian security forces died in the
crossfire between the terrorists and IDF soldiers who were defending
Israelis in the attack.
Egyptian Islamists and other agitators used the event as an excuse to
incite the citizenry against Israel and whipped the populace into a
frenzy of hate, eventually leading to a riot in which a mob stormed
the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and tore it apart. The embassy staff
barely escaped with their lives, and Israel´s embassy has remained
closed ever since. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/15/12)
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