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Israeli Drone Airstrike Targeting Egyptian Rafah Kills Five Egyptians
Morsi Supporters Condemn the Israeli Drone Attack on Rafah
مسيرة نسائية بميدان "النهضة" تندد
بالعدوان الصهيوني على سيناء
[10-08-2013][15:4:31 مكة المكرمة]
Pro-Morsi Supporters March in his Support in Suez
"السوايسة" ينتفضون رفضًا للانقلاب..
والآلاف يتوجهون إلى "رابعة"
[09-08-2013][17:49:42 مكة المكرمة]
Israeli Airstrike Targeting Egyptian Rafah Kills Five
[ 09/08/2013 - 09:58 PM ]
GAZA, SINAI, (PIC)--
Media and security sources said that an Israeli drone on Friday afternoon carried out an airstrike against the Egyptian border city of Rafah killing five Egyptians.
The drone allegedly targeted a jihadist group in the city according to Israeli sources.
The sources said that the attack was carried out in coordination with the Egyptian army, the Egyptian army however denied any Israeli attacks taking place after saying earlier that it was investigating explosions in the area.
Sinai militants say target of Israeli drone, four killed
Sat Aug 10, 2013, 7:46am EDT
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) -
An Islamist militant group said on Saturday four of its members were killed in an Israeli drone strike in Egypt's North Sinai region.
"Our heroes became martyrs during their jihadi duties against the Jews in a rocket attack on occupied lands," the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group said on a jihadist website.
Egyptian security sources said earlier that four Islamist militants were killed by a missile strike on Friday as they prepared to launch rockets at Israel.
It was not clear how the militant group determined that its members were the target of an Israeli drone strike.
Five security sources told Reuters the attack was carried out by Israel. But the Egyptian armed forces officially denied that was the case and an Israeli army spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined to comment on the incident.
The two countries have cooperated in tackling the threat from Islamist militants in Sinai in the past and neither seemed interested in creating a fuss over this case.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis criticized the Egyptian military for what it called its repeated cooperation with Israel.
The Egyptian military said two explosions took place at a site 3 km (2 miles) west of the border and south of the city of Rafah on Friday afternoon.
The security sources in Sinai said an Israeli aircraft struck at the militants, killing four, after discovering they had planned to fire rockets into Israel.
One source said the Israeli aircraft had observed the militants preparing three rocket launch pads to hit Israel. It launched a missile, killing two men, then killed another pair who stepped up to the pads after the first strike.
However, an Egyptian army spokesman denied in a subsequent statement any Israeli role in the incident.
Militants based mainly in North Sinai near the border have escalated attacks on Egyptian security forces and other targets since July 3, when the army deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi and installed a new government.
The Sinai is largely demilitarized as part of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty of 1979 but Israel has approved troop reinforcements to combat the militants and arms smuggling by Palestinians into Gaza.
The desert peninsula has long been a security headache for Egypt and its neighbors. Large and empty, it also borders the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip and flanks the Suez Canal linking Asia to Europe. It is also home to nomad clans disaffected with rule from Cairo.
The Egyptian army said on Wednesday it had killed 60 militants in the Sinai Peninsula in the month since Mursi's overthrow.
(This story is refiled to fix typo in last paragraph)
(Reporting by Yousri Mohamed,; Writing by Michael Georgy, Editing by Angus MacSwan and Janet Lawrence)
Media blackout on Knesset deliberations of Syria and Egypt
[ 09/08/2013 - 06:58 PM ]
The Knesset's (Israeli Parliament) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee imposed a media blackout on its deliberations on Thursday especially of the situation in Egypt and Syria on the pretext that discussions included sensitive information that should not be available to the public.
The spokesman of the committee, which is headed by former Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that the blackout was ordered because of the sensitivity of issues tabled before the meeting in which the head of the military intelligence participated.
The head of the committee said that what the Middle East is witnessing was "utterly unexpected".
Lieberman said at the start of the meeting that “No one, in Israel or the world expected the fundamental changes the Middle East is undergoing, neither can anyone forecast the nature of changes which the region might undergo in future years.”
He added that the Israeli intelligence apparatuses should differentiate between the evaluations and intelligence at this sensitive stage.
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