Video released showing two terrorists who were killed on Monday after
attacking Israelis working on the border fence near Kadesh Barnea •
The terrorists said they were Saudi Arabian and Egyptian nationals.
Two terrorists who were killed on Monday after carrying out an attack
along Israel´s border with Egypt, said they were Saudi Arabian and
Egyptian nationals in a video recording prior to the attack.
Saed Fashafshe, 36, an Israeli-Arab Defense Ministry contractor from
Haifa and father of four was killed and another citizen was wounded
Monday morning when a terrorist cell from Sinai infiltrated southern
Israel in the area of Kadesh Barnea and opened fire on the Israelis´
vehicles. Two of the Palestinian infiltrators were killed in the
ensuing gun battle with Israeli troops in the area, while the third
terrorist was either killed or escaped back into Sinai.
An unknown group that calls itself the "Shura Council of Mujahedin in
Jerusalem" claimed responsibility for Monday´s attack. The group,
which is believed to be affiliated with the global al-Qaida terrorist
network, released a video featuring two terrorists who allegedly
participated in the attack. One of the men says "We will soon carry
out a double suicide attack on the Jewish enemy´s forces along the
border between Egypt and occupied Palestine."
You can watch the video clip showing the terrorists before the attack
While the claim of responsibility, made in a video obtained by The
Associated Press in the Gaza Strip, could not be independently
verified, it was accompanied by a separate statement with additional
details on the attack posted on a website affiliated with al Qaeda.
According to Israel Radio, one of the terrorists who appeared in the
video claimed to be a Saudi national and the other said he was an
Egyptian. One of the men said the act was in honor of the Al-Aqsa
Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and
Osama bin Laden.
Al-Arabiya reported that at the beginning of the video, a masked man
says "We announce the formation of the Shura Council of the
Mujahideen of Jerusalem as the foundation of a blessed Jihadi
operation, with a clear path and features to be a brick in the global
project of bringing back the [Islamic] caliphate. To the foes of God -
the Jews - we say, you infidels must know that what is coming is
different than what has preceded and we shall make you drink from the
same poisonous glass you gave to the people of Islam in Jerusalem.”
One of the terrorists appearing in the last part of the video
reportedly says “I am the living martyr by God’s will Abu Huthaifa al-
Hathly from the Peninsula of Muhammad. We shall leave shortly to
undergo a double martyr operation on the border of Egypt with
occupied Palestine today Monday 28 Rajab 1433 coinciding with 18-06-
On Tuesday IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, toured
the area of the infiltration and said IDF forces are dealing with the
situation. "The more significant issue is what is happening inside
Sinai, the dispatch areas, the terror bases that are expanding and
growing there. Egypt must exercise its sovereignty in Sinai," he said.
Israeli officials also believe al Qaeda and other "global jihad"
elements have infiltrated the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which lies
between Israel and the Sinai. Hamas denies al Qaeda is operating in
A Defense Ministry official said Israel will continue the work on the
border fence. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the
fence to be completed by October 2012.
Terrorist attacks and activity originating in the Sinai Peninsula
have been on the rise recently due to what Israeli officials believe
is the current Egyptian government´s inability to maintain order in
the area. Egypt is embroiled in an election process that has not
enabled the country to maintain total control over the situation
along the border with Israel.
As examples of ongoing terrorist activities in the area, on Aug. 18,
2011, a series of coordinated attacks launched from Sinai occurred
near Eilat, leaving eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded.
A day later, suicide bomber attacked Egyptian troops stationed near
the border with Israel, setting off intense battles with several
other Palestinian terrorists in the area.
On Feb. 21, 2012, Israeli security forces thwarted a terror attack
near the border, uncovering a large improvised explosive device near
the Kerem Shalom border crossing. According to reports, Israeli
troops discovered the powerful explosive during the course of a
routine operation aimed at preventing border smuggling.