Egyptian Security Forces Killed 20 Jihadists in Massive Northern Sinai Campaign (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jewish Press Staff 08/08/12)
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Egypt’s North Sinai is, for all intents and purposes, a war zone as
of today, after Egyptian security forces – from both the army and
police – have engaged with masked gunmen in several different areas
in the early hours of Wednesday, a few hours after unknown masked
gunmen had opened fire on three joint military-police checkpoints,
according to Al Ahram
In many checkpoints, especially in the city of Al Arish, there were
fire exchanges, as Egyptian troops and helicopters are combing the
eastern area of El-Halal Mountain, hunting down masked gunmen.
According to eyewitnesses quoted by Al-Ahram, many gunmen were killed
and injured in the raids, and several soldiers were injured as well.
There are no exact tolls as of now.
Eyewitnesses also said Egyptian military jets have been pounding
several spots in the Sheikh Zuweid town while chasing the terrorists.
Late Tuesday night, masked gunmen attacked three joint military-
police checkpoints in North Sinai, two days after 16 border guards
had been killed by unidentified assailants in an incident that has
left the Sinai Peninsula in a state of chaos.
A civilian resident in Al-Arish City was caught in the line of fire
and injured as the gunmen attacked Al-Risa checkpoint and two others
on the main road between Al-Arish and Rafah, the city that was at the
center of Sunday’s deadly attacks on Egyptian border guards.
The fire exchange lasted until the early hours of Wednesday, before
military and police armored vehicles appeared in the area in an
attempt to contain the situation.
Al Ahram noted that this is the 29th attack on Al-Risa checkpoint
since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former president Hosni
Mubarak. The Sinai has sunk into a state of lawlessness since then.
Many parties have traded accusations over the deadly attack that took
place near the Gaza strip, which is governed by Islamist faction
Hamas. No one has claimed responsibility yet for the terrorist
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egypt President Mohamed Morsi
hails, has accused Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad of carrying
out the attack to “hinder Egypt’s progress.”
Hamas and Israel have both distanced themselves from the attack, with
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak saying he hoped it would serve as
a “wake-up call” to Egypt, which has been slow to control the Sinai.
(© 2012 JewishPress. 08/08/12)
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