15 Egyptian soldiers killed in attack on army checkpoint (CNN) Cable News Network) From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, for CNN 08/05/12)
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(CNN) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Monday condemned a
deadly attack hours earlier against soldiers at an army checkpoint at
the Rafah border crossing in Sinai, vowing "to capture those who
conducted this traitorous attack on our sons."
At least 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed and nine others wounded
Sunday when masked assailants carried out the attack as the men were
breaking their Ramadan fast at sunset, officials said.
The Israel Defense Forces blamed terrorists associated with the
Global Jihad group for the violence.
"Terrorists in the Sinai region captured an Egyptian military
post ... killed over 10 Egyptian soldiers and took over two armored
personnel carriers," IDF said in a statement.
One of the carriers exploded at the border, while the other was
attacked as it was entering Israeli territory, it said.
A gunbattle between the attackers and armed forces ensued, and the
Rafah border crossing has been closed indefinitely, North Sinai
security official Ahmed Bakr said. More military forces have been
deployed to assist.
"Our forces will impose a full control on these areas," Morsy said in
an address to the nation. "Sinai is safe and fully under control --
those who did this will pay a high price."
Morsy called on the military council to hold an emergency meeting,
state TV in Egypt reported.
Hamas condemned the attack, calling it an "ugly crime." Hamas
officials closed all border tunnels connecting Gaza with Egypt in the
wake of the attack, according to Tahir Al-Nono, a spokesman for the
Palestinian Authority in Gaza. CNN´s Yousuf Basil and Talal Abu-Rahma
contributed to this report (© 2012 Cable News Network 08/06/12)
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