Morsi pledges to keep cleansing Sinai until it is safe (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ASHER ZEIGER 08/17/12)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said that Egypt will continue
working to cleanse the Sinai Peninsula of terror cells until all
threats to the nation’s security are eliminated.
Speaking on Friday morning to journalists and politicians in Cairo,
Morsi confirmed that Egypt is working in conjunction with non-
Egyptian forces, including Palestinians, in what he termed
a “surgical operation” to combat potential terror threats from the
northern Sinai. He pledged that the mission will continue and that he
will not allow anyone to threaten Egyptian security.
On August 5, a terror attack originated in the area when Islamist
terrorists opened fire on an Egyptian military base in Rafah, killing
16 soldiers. The terrorists then commandeered an armored personnel
vehicle (APV) and a truck and sped towards Kibbutz Kerem Shalom. The
truck exploded at the border, and the Israeli air force destroyed the
Since that attack, Morsi has dismissed several top military and
intelligence officials from their posts, including Defense Minister
Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Sami Anan earlier this
On Friday, Morsi emphasized that while both Tantawi and Anan received
medals for their years of service to Egypt, they are not immune to
possible repercussions resulting from the attack at Rafah.
Terror attacks originating in the Sinai have become increasingly
common as Muslim extremists have taken advantage of the power vacuum
left after the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Last week Israel gave Egypt permission to deploy extra troops, tanks
and attack helicopters in the peninsula in an attempt to crack down
on terrorist groups in the region. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
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