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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘El Arish’

ISIS Attacks Northern Sinai, 15 Egyptian Police Dead

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Da’esh (ISIS) operatives from the local Sinai Province terrorist group carried out a massive attack Friday in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

At least 15 Egyptian police officers were killed in one of the terror attacks on a checkpoint in El Arish.

Terrorists attacked the checkpoint using a car bomb and followed up with mortar fire against government troops at the site, according to a translation of the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper report, cited by Egypt Independent.

The Sinai Province group officially claimed responsibility for the attack a few hours later.

Also on Friday the Masa’ed Sheikh Zuwayed power line in northern Sinai came under attack by terrorists. The attack led to power blackouts in Sheikh Zuwayed and in Rafah, located on Egypt’s border with Gaza.

Such incidents are common, according to the Electricity Ministry, which said security forces provide protection for technicians tasked with repairing the lines. The forces are also tasked with hunting for the terrorists responsible for the attacks that cause the blackouts.

Egypt and Israel have been quietly working together to fight against the attempt by Da’esh to increase its forces in the area.

The Islamist terror group has also forged a bond with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, further complicating the already complex security situation along Israel’s southern border.

Since the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iranian proxy Hezbollah terror group both also have operatives moving in and out of Sinai and Gaza, one wonders how long it will take before Da’esh and Iran sit down to discuss an alliance, with the Muslim Brotherhood (which gave birth to Hamas) as the broker.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Attacks Egypt, 27 Dead, Dozens Wounded

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Simultaneous blasts tore through the Egyptian town of el-Arish and several others in the Sinai peninsula, leaving at least 25 dead and several dozen wounded.

Islamist terrorists are suspected to be behind the blasts. The terrorist organization Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which folded into ISIS recently, has struck the area in terrorist attacks over the past year, but the extraordinary coordination in Thursday night’s attack was unprecedented.

The attacks targeted police and military bases, although civilians were among those killed and wounded.

At least one car bomb was used in the blasts, as well as mortar rounds. The car bomb went off outside of a military base, and mortar rounds struck a hotel, a police station and more than a dozen checkpoints.

The death toll is expected to rise.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Jordanian Lawmakers Cancel Gaza Visit on Security Grounds

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Twelve Jordanian parliamentarians have cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on security grounds.

The lawmakers traveled last week to Cairo, expecting to enter Gaza via the Rafah border crossing in a “solidarity” move following this summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Also on the agenda were planned meetings with leaders of Hamas and other terrorist groups.

On Saturday, however, they announced they were turning around and heading back to Jordan without having visited Gaza.

“The Egyptian authorities have informed us that the security situation in Sinai is very dangerous, especially the area between Rafah and Al-Arish, which makes it difficult for us to reach the border with the Gaza Strip,” said Jordanian delegation head Yehya Al-Saud. He added that the Egyptian government asked the group to postpone its visit out of concern for “the safety of its members,” saying they “wouldn’t be able to guarantee our safety.”

A second delegate, Khamis Attiyeh, said “We are all very sad because of the cancellation of our visit due to the situation.”

One Palestinian Authority Arab was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in clashes with Egyptian soldiers near Rafah, according to Arab sources. A group of Gazans emerged from a smuggling tunnel on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza, according to the report. Egyptian officers opened fire after the group ignored calls to surrender, and instead attempted to re-enter the tunnel and escape back into Gaza. Egyptian security has been on high alert after receiving intelligence about planned attacks through the tunnels.

Last week six Egyptian police officers were killed and two more were wounded last week when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Sinai on the road between Rafah and the provincial capital, El Arish. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a terror group linked to Al Qaeda, has taken responsibility for similar past attacks, claiming it is avenging the blood of Islamists killed and detained in the government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

In the past month several people have been beheaded in the Sinai Peninsula. The victims were murdered for allegedly collaborating with Israel. They were killed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

Egyptian Troops Preparing to Fight Gaza?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Arab sources are reporting that Egyptian troops that entered El-Arish to fight with terrorists there are now preparing to enter the Egyptian half of Rafiach which straddles both sides of the Gazan border.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Egyptian Officers Shot Dead in North Sinai

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ma’an reports than Egyptian authorities have discovered the body of an army officer who had been shot dead in the northern Sinai late Monday.

Military officials identified the victim as 35-year-old officer Abdullah Abdul-Minem. His body was found with a bullet wound in the head in Sheikh Zuweid city near El-Arish.

A second officer was shot by unidentified gunmen on Monday on his return home to El-Arish. The man was found in a pool of blood after having been shot several times in the abdomen, and was evacuated by helicopter to a military hospital in Cairo.

Early Monday, Egyptian security forces made sweeping arrests in the northern Sinai, detaining 38 suspects in El-Arish, a security official told Ma’an.

It was also reported that families in the Egyptian border city of Rafah turned in to the authorities two men suspected of planning a bomb attack on the central security headquarters in the city.

Egyptian security forces have been battling for control of the Sinai peninsula since the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year loosened the grip of state security in the isolated Sinai.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Egyptian Gas Pipeline to Israel Blown Up Yet Again

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by an explosion on Monday for 14th time since last spring’s uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began.

Reuters reports that the blast took place in the northern Sinai, at the town of El-Arish. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The pipeline has been shut down on February 5 after an earlier explosion.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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