Egyptian Forces Kill 7 Terrorists in Sinai Peninsula (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 08/12/12)
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Seven terrorists have been killed by Egyptian soldiers following
raids on hideouts in a northern Sinai village. Security officials
said military forces had targeted the villages of al-Ghora and al-
Mahdiyah near El Arish.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized
to speak to media, officials said an anti-aircraft missile, landmines
and heavy machine guns were seized as well.
Earlier in the day three Egyptian police officers were killed and
four wounded when their vehicle flipped over during pursuit of “armed
criminals” on the international road in central Sinai.
The official Egyptian state news agency, MENA, did not reveal the
identities of the criminals nor the crime for which they were being
The deaths of the terrorists also comes in the wake of a massive
operation by the Egyptian government to try and bring security in the
Sinai Peninsula back under some control.
Cairo last week ordered a huge military and police force into the
Sinai to arrest the terrorists who earlier in the week had killed
between 16 and 20 Egyptian soldiers on the country´s border with
Israel as they broke their daily Ramadan fast. The terrorists then
attempted to infiltrate the border into Israel near the Kerem Shalom
crossing, but it is not clear whether they succeeded. IDF forces
searched the area, along with local Negev Bedouin tribal assistance.
Israel has warned that Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists have
been migrating from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula to set up terrorist
training camps, and have begun launching operations from the region.
The Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, some 350 km (217
miles) northeast of Cairo, was opened on Friday to allow the return
of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia and those stranded on their way back to
Gaza, according to MENA, citing a high-ranking official. However, the
official was silent on how long the crossing would remain open.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/12/12)
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