U.S. Condemns Attack Near Border with Egypt (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/19/12)
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The United States condemned on Monday the attack on Israel by
terrorists who crossed the Egyptian border, AFP reported.
According to the report, the U.S. voiced concern about security
conditions in the Sinai Peninsula in the wake of the attack, which
killed Sa´ed Fachachte of Haifa, a Defense Ministry construction
“The United States condemns today´s attacks -- deadly attacks,
terrorist attacks -- on civilians in Israel from the Sinai and all
attacks of terrorism in the strongest terms,” State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was quoted by AFP as having told
“We remain concerned about the security situation in the Sinai
Peninsula and call for restraint on all sides,” she added. “More
broadly, we encourage the Egyptian government to find a lasting
resolution to the issue of Sinai security.”
Monday morning’s incident began when a group of terrorists opened
fire and set off an explosive at Defense Ministry contract workers
who were working along the border fence with Egypt, near Nitzana.
Fachachte was wounded and died shortly thereafter of his wounds.
IDF troops who were called to the scene began exchanging gunfire with
the terrorists, killing three.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak later said that there has been a “serious
escalation” in the security situation along the Sinai border and that
the lack of Egyptian security control in Sinai was “worrisome.”
The U.S. reaction to the attack followed crucial presidential
elections in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood declared early Monday
morning that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, had won the elections.
Washington also voiced concern over moves by Egypt’s military to
strip civilian leaders of authority, after the Supreme Council of the
Armed Forces (SCAF) declared sweeping new powers for itself despite
the recent two-day presidential run-off elections.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/19/12)
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