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February 14, 2016 / 5 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

Hamas Terror Tunnels Collapsing Under Heavy Rain in Gaza

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

As Jews around the world continue to beseech the One Above to continue the nurturing rains of winter in the Land of Israel, Mohammed Ashour al-Naj’ar, has found his rest after many hard hours living as a tunnel digger in Gaza.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas announced Saturday al-Naj’ar, 31, was buried alive in a tunnel collapse due to weather conditions.

The Khan Younis resident added his body to those of numerous other victims who chose to uselessly sacrifice their lives to the terrorist organization.

The soft sands of Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, but that same softness becomes a death trap when the moisture seeps in from the heavy rains of winter. It is then that the weight of the mud above transforms their work environment into a grave.

But no matter.

Regardless, Hamas forces the diggers to continue their work in both directions: creating a network of terrorist tunnels to snake under the borders to infiltrate Egypt as well as Israel.

In both cases it is clear when the tunnels are exposed by the IDF and Egyptian security teams that Hamas has stolen for its military the concrete that was to be used to rebuild Gaza infrastructure and homes for residents.

Instead, that and similar donated supplies are used to reconstruct its military infrastructure so Hamas can launch a new war against Israel. This time, Hamas may also be offering concrete support via the tunnels for Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Gaza as well.

The concrete is being used primarily to shore up the tunnels that are more vulnerable to collapse due to bad weather, according to the Hebrew-language NRG website, particularly those closest to Egypt; because that is where the infrastructure is less secure.

Egyptian security personnel have dug a wide moat along that country’s border with Gaza, and filled the canal with water to create a commercial fish farm.

The wide swathe of water along the border effectively sealed off any penetration of that section of Egypt’s border, with or without tunnels. In addition, Egyptian security personnel routinely flood terrorist tunnels that are found to be infiltrating beneath its border with Gaza.

2 ISIS Terrorists Killed by Egyptian Security in Sinai

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Egyptian military eliminated two “terrorist elements” and wounded a third operative linked to Da’esh (ISIS) in the Sinai Peninsula, Associated Press reported Sunday.

Security forces chased two of the terrorists on a motorcycle, according to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson. One was killed and the other injured in the provincial capital of El Arish, the Lebanon Daily Star reported.

A third terrorist was killed in a separate shootout with Egyptian military forces near Mount Halal, according to the Daily Star.

ISIS established a presence in Sinai a couple of years ago when the Ansar Beyt al Maqdis terrorist group, formerly linked to Al Qaeda, pledged its loyalty to Da’esh.

The group subsequently changed its name to Sinai Province when its membership in Da’esh was accepted and formalized.

Egypt and Israel have been cooperating on security operations in dealing with the terrorist threat along the Egyptian-Israeli border.

ISIS terrorists have been recruiting from among Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza, whose ruling Hamas terror group has been providing tactical and other support to the group in Sinai.

Operatives from related terrorist groups in Gaza have been sporadically firing rocket and mortar attacks at southern Israel over the past year, although it is not clear whether or not they are under the control of ISIS-linked Sinai Province.

Open Those Gates

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Arabs in Gaza protested at the Rafah crossing today, demanding that Egypt open the gates and let them out.

Egypt Claims Terror not Involved in Explosion of Russian Jet over Sinai

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Egypt has determined that a bomb did not cause the explosion on the Russian Metrojet that exploded on October 31 shortly after taking off from the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh.

The investigators’ conclusions totally contradict Russia’s and may be a handy way of escaping accusations that Egyptian security was lapse or, even worse, that security workers cooperated with terrorists to bring down the plane.

The announcement also may help the tourist industry, seriously damaged since the jet blew up.

Egypt’s announcement Monday that it “found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash that killed all 224 people onboard on October 31” doesn’t make sense considering a statement by investigators last month.

They announced that after having recovering the black box from the plane, they were “90 per cent” sure they heard the sound of a bomb before the crash.

Israeli Bedouin Freed From Egyptian Prison

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli Bedouin Ouda Tarabin has been freed from an Egyptian prison after 15 years’ incarceration on suspicion of spying for the Jewish State.

He returned to Israel early Thursday morning, just as two Egyptian prisoners completed their prison terms in Israel and were released to return to Egypt.

Tarabin was arrested by Egyptian authorities while crossing the border to visit his family in the Sinai Peninsula. He was tried and sentenced in absentia in 2000 on charges of aiding others in gathering intelligence.

Losing in Arbitration, Egypt Must Pay Israel $1.76 Billion for Gas Stoppage

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israel Electric Corp on Sunday announced that Egyptian natural gas companies will pay compensation of $1.76 billion for stopping gas supplies in 2012, after Mohammed Morsi had been elected president. The termination, which followed months of terrorist attacks on the pipeline in the Sinai, reneged on a 20-year deal between Egypt and Israel. The state-owned IEC initially sued Egypt Mediterranean Gas for $4 billion in damages, but an international arbitrator awarded it only $1.76 billion plus interest and legal expenses.

IEC said it had sustained heavy damages as a result of Egypt’s blocking of gas supplies, forcing it to purchase more expensive fuel to generate electricity.

The Middle east Monitor noted that Egypt’s natural gas reserves had been depleted over the first decade of the 21st century, so that by 2008 “Egypt became a pure importer of energy.” In fact, after Egypt had exported natural gas to Israel since the mid-1990s, it will start importing Israeli gas in 2019 and 2020, for a period of 10 to 15 years. Apparently, well before the “Arab Spring,” still under the Hosni Mubarak regime, “Egyptian energy experts had warned their government of the consequences of continuing the strategy of exporting oil and natural gas for reasons associated with the imminent depletion of Egypt’s fuel resources.”

Intel Officials: Terrorist Bomb May Have Downed MetroJet in Sinai

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

British and U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been due to a mid-air explosion from a bomb planted by Da’esh (ISIS).

The terrorists may have used a barometric pressure bomb formed from the plastic explosive PETN, according to a report on CNN.

Within hours of the crash, Da’esh claimed responsibility, subsequently taunting in an audio statement on social media: “We are not forced to disclose the mechanism of our downing it. So you may bring the wreckage of the plane and search it, and you may bring your black box and analyze it. Report to us the conclusions.”

Britain has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated, at least for now, and has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against “all but essential travel” to the Egyptian resort. Britain has also sent its own officials to the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh to supervise current flights departing with citizens to the UK.

Initial inspection of the flight data recorder recovered from the aircraft indicated the recording ceased abruptly, according to a European official who spoke with media.

That evidence supports the likelihood of a mid-air explosion, as did the U.S. satellite imagery of sudden flashes in the atmosphere above the crash site. U.S. officials, who are not formally part of the investigation, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about the cause of the crash.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, however, “We have concluded there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”

All 224 on board the flight en route to St. Petersburg lost their lives. Currently the UK government estimates there are up to 20,000 citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not clear how they will be able to leave, if they choose to do so, once current flights to the UK are completed. “Passengers who are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh will be returned to the UK,” Hammond said. “We are working with the airlines, and the Egyptian authorities put in place emergency procedures and additional screening and additional security” to get them home.

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