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Egypt Turns Back Palestinian Pilgrims, Mulls Gaza Military Action

Egyptian authorities turned back more than 100 Palestinians on their way to Mecca as part of their Hajj pilgrimage, citing security reasons.

Reports say that the Egyptian military is considering military action inside of Gaza if terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula continues. Egyptian aircraft have recently been conducting reconnaissance over Gaza.

“The Egyptian army does not believe the population of Gaza is involved in the violence in Sinai, but certain factions strongly support Sinai groups. The [smuggling] tunnels [connecting Gaza and the Sinai] play a major role in the communication between both sides,” a senior Egyptian official told Ma’an News Agency.

Since ousting Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, the Egyptian military has waged an aggressive campaign against Islamic terror groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt blames Hamas, which is closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and other terror groups in Gaza for supporting the Sinai terrorists. The military has destroyed several dozen Gaza smuggling tunnels and has largely kept the border sealed.

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2 Responses to “Egypt Turns Back Palestinian Pilgrims, Mulls Gaza Military Action”

  1. If we want to see the middle east become a more moderate and less violent region of the world then it seems to me that we should be supporting the Egyptian military. I find it interesting that Obama was the one who pushed for Mubarak to be ousted in favor of the more militant, Islamist, and anti Israel Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is willing to talk to the worst of the worst in Iran and allow them to stall for more time to develop their nuclear weapons program but give no support to the Egyptian military who has been working hard to defeat the Muslim Brotherhood factions and terrorists. Of course, we wouldn't be having problems with Iran today if we would have backed the Shaw thirty years ago. For this, I can't blame Obama but another stellar president, Carter. Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.

  2. Egypt closes Gaza's borders and …. crickets. Where's the world outcry? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot, only Israel isn't allowed to defend herself against terrorists that attack, maim and murder.

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