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Egypt Re-Imposes Blockade on Gaza Crossing

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Egypt again has shut down the crossing at the city of Rafah, which straddles the border between Gaza and the northern Sinai, after having re-opened it four days for emergency cases.

Egyptian officials said they prevented nearly 150 Arabs from leaving Gaza for the Sinai on Friday. The crossing has been closed since last October, except for brief periods, as part of the al-Sisi regime’s campaign against Hamas.

Israel also has restricted passage, primarily to bar three Be’er Sheba area-based sisters of Hamas’ de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from attending their nephew’s wedding because Hamas continues to hold two Israelis as captives.

One of them is a Bedouin from the northern Negev city of Hura, and the second man is Avera Mengistu, who has a mental condition and crossed the security fence in Gaza last year.

Israel has not commented on the Bedouin, but he reportedly has had previous contact with Gaza Arabs and may be involved in crime.

 

Fish Farming May Secure the Egypt-Gaza Border

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Egypt has come up with a creative way to infuse new life into its battered economy and improve the nutritional base of its population, all while securing its border with Gaza.

Remember that huge, kilometer-long trench that Egyptian security personnel were creating along the Egyptian-Gaza border – 10 meters wide, 20 meters deep – outside of Rafah city?

(This is the trench that cost the Egyptian government a few million dollars in reparation funds to the thousands of local residents whose homes were demolished to make way for the “security buffer zone” that was being created at the time.)

That “trench” may soon be filled with seawater from the Mediterranean, according to sources who spoke with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Engineers are allegedly already preparing the pumps and pipelines for a fish farming project.

The claims could not be confirmed, however, Ma’an said.

Egyptian officials have considered using water in the past to destroy terrorist smuggling tunnels reaching under the border from Gaza.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was found to have been supporting the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province terror organization during its recent attacks on Egyptian security personnel. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Humanitarian Aid Trucks Continue to Trundle Into Gaza

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Monday morning saw hundreds of trucks trundling through the Kerem Shalom Crossing from Israel in to Gaza, each carrying tons of humanitarian aid for citizens in the enclave.

Regular daily shipments have continued to flow into the region through the overland crossings from Israel.

On Monday morning, 650 truckloads of material made their way through Kerem Shalom.

A commentator on the Twitter social networking site asked with some irony, “How much from Egypt via Rafah?”

Hamas Fighter Confesses Details on Tunnels, Attack Plans

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel early in July has revealed a wealth of information about the terror group’s plans to attack civilians and soldiers in the Jewish State.

The arrest of Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Sha’er, 21 was only cleared for release early Tuesday afternoon, however, after weeks of questioning.

Sha’er was captured in a joint operation by Israel Police and operatives from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), according to a release sent to Hebrew-language media.

A resident of Rafah, Sha’er revealed a great deal of information to his investigators, including details about Hamas emergency procedures.

Hamas has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the end of last year’s Operation Protective Edge war in the region, he said, including its tunnel network.

Sha’er provided specific locations and routes of the tunnels, as well as digging sites in Rafah where tunnels start – including one that he said led to the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel.

He also shared details about the purpose of the new road built by Hamas along the security fence. Shin Bet was able to confirm, for instance, that the road was intended for use in a surprise attack on Israel that was to involve vehicles that were to have crossed the border.

A Hamas operative, Sha’er personally was involved in many different aspects of terrorist training that included combat, command, use of advanced weapons and explosives.

During the war he served in a logistics and support company that transported military equipment and explosives to fighters in the field. Sha’er was also directly involved in combat zones, planting anti-tank mines and carrying out observation in the field.

According to the report, Sha’er was also privy to information discussed by many Hamas senior officials. He revealed many details about the relationship between Hamas and Iran, who he said sent generous military aid to Gaza to strengthen the terror organization.

Iran has been sending money, advanced weaponry and electronic equipment to Gaza, including devices used to disrupt radio frequencies and help bring down Israeli reconnaissance drones flying above the enclave. Sha’er also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in how to fly para-gliders, with the hopes of using the novel equipment to infiltrate across Israel’s border.

The Hamas prisoner also provided information about the formation of elite units in the terrorist group, and their anti-tank, anti-aircraft and observation capabilities.

At present, he said, Hamas can view and film Israeli territory at a distance of three kilometers (approximately two miles) in from the border.

Sha’er provided more details about the changes in military strategy, logistics and unit formations since last summer’s war as well.

He told his interrogators that Hamas has indeed been confiscating materials for manufacture of weapons that are being permitted by Israel into the enclave – due to international pressure – for reconstruction of civilian homes and other infrastructure.

Civilians are once again being endangered, Sha’er said, as Hamas routinely stores explosives in residential structures – as it did prior to last summer’s war – in anticipation of air strikes by Israel on separate weapons storage sites.

An indictment against Sha’er was filed with the Be’er Sheva District Court on July 31, accusing the Hamas operative of membership and activity in an outlawed association, attempted murder, contact with a foreign agent, forbidden military training and additional various weapons offenses.

Rivlin: All Relevant Authorities Working to Retrieve Missing Israeli

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin confirmed Thursday that “all relevant authorities are working on the case” of 28-year-old Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, Avraham Mengisto.

The young man voluntarily crossed the border into Gaza 10 months ago and has not been seen since, according to his mother, who says she is holding Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group responsible for his well-being.

Rivlin told journalists at a news conference the release of Mengisto, who is believed to be possibly mentally ill, is a “humanitarian issue.”

The president said in a statement, “We expect those holding him to act accordingly and release him while his condition is stable.” He added that Israel’s security and other government personnel would “continue to make every effort to bring the incident to a close as soon as possible.”

Mengisto walked south along the shoreline from his home in Ashkelon on September 8, 2014, and then simply kept going, crossing the border into Gaza along the way.

Hamas reportedly is claiming the Israeli was taken into custody for questioning but released when it was discovered that he was not a soldier. As it happens, Mengisto has never served in the IDF due to his health problems.

The terror group claims that he entered one of the smuggling tunnels in the southern border town of Rafah and exited the enclave to head into Egypt in order to proceed towards Ethiopia.

Israeli authorities say the terrorist officials are lying, either in order to preserve him as an “asset” for future negotiations with Israel over a possible prisoner swap, or because something happened to him along the way and the person responsible for him is hiding that information – even from Hamas officials.

‘Hamas is Responsible For My Son. They Cannot Shirk Responsibility’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The mother of a (possibly) mentally ill young man who crossed the southern border of Israel into Gaza is blaming Hamas for her son’s captivity.

A second civilian, also in his 20s, is being held captive in Gaza as well. All information about the second man, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been censored, however.

Avraham Mengisto’s mother told media in a briefing today (Thursday, July 9) while meeting with Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni that she holds Gaza’s ruling terror organization responsible for the welfare of her 28-year-old son.

“Hamas is responsible for my son’s fate,” his mother said. “They cannot shirk their responsibility. I [also] hope the state will not cease to act for his return.”

The mayor visited her at the family home in Ashkelon on Thursday after the news of Avraham’s disappearance was cleared for publication. “The family is going through a very difficult time, after the double tragedy that they’ve endured,” Shimoni said. “Askelon Municipality’s social services department has been accompanying them since the first moment. We embrace the family and send them strength and hope that Avraham will be back with his family quickly,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Avraham’s brother Ilan subsequently said “[We] have decided to behave with restraint and give the government time to get our brother back home and we also ask the people of Israel to show restraint… The family considers this a humanitarian issue and we call on the international community to get involved and work to secure the release of my brother,” he said. “I ask that Hamas consider the condition of my brother and release him,” he added.

Information about Avraham’s disappearance 10 months ago only became public today due to the lifting of a gag order.

Mengisto left his home in Ashkelon early on September 8, 2014, and apparently kept walking along the shoreline until he crossed the border into Gaza. This is not the first time that Mengisto has gone missing; there have been three reports of similar incidents registered with the social services department, although none involved a border crossing.

Mengisto’s mother Agernesh lives in Ashkelon, and his father Ayele lives in central Israel. He is one of nine children in the family.

According to the Defense Ministry there is no concrete information as to his fate; IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai told media, however, that current information indicates Mengisto is being held by Hamas.

A military source said Mengisto had initially been arrested by Hamas after crossing the border in September, but the terror organization said it released him because he was not a soldier. The source said there have been several attempts since that time to negotiate for his release.

A Hamas source in Gaza told Ynet that Mengisto is no longer in the region; the source said the Israeli exited the enclave via the tunnels in the southern border town of Rafah, and headed into Egypt.

Mengisto’s grieving mother added that despite her efforts to remain strong, “It hurts me. Since he disappeared, my life has come to a stop.

“Every day I wait for him to come through the door and say ‘hello.’ I pray for his return, and ask anyone who can help us to do so.”

All-Out War South of Israeli-Sinai Border

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The northern Sinai Peninsula south of the border with Israel is engulfed in an all-out war.

Egyptian F-16 warplanes attacked Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadists’ positions for several hours Wednesday afternoon and killed more than 90 jihadists following massive ISIS attacks.

Most of the 70 Egyptian casualties were soldiers and policemen, and the death toll is not final.

Egypt retaliated immediately and fiercely, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said:

Terrorism is knocking on our borders. ISIS is not only across from the Golan Heights, it is also in Egypt, across from Rafah…And we are together with Egypt and other states in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against extreme Islamic terror.

Together or not, Israel immediately closed crossings to Egypt and Gaza.

ISIS declared yesterday that it will wipe out both Hamas and Israel.

Egypt still is counting the bodies of those killed today while its jets bombed jihadi posts near Rafah and at Sheikh Zuweid, where ISIS had set siege to a police station earlier in the day.

The ISIS attacks may have finally woken up the regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the fact that ISIS is no less a threat to Cairo than it is to Damascus and Baghdad.

ISIS assassinated Egypt’s state prosecutor two days ago.

The terrorist machine gave the world a hint Wednesday morning just how powerful and well-armed it is.

Terrorists used anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault on 15 different army and police positions in a well-planned and calculated war on the regime that faces Al-Sisi with a bigger threat than even the Muslim Brotherhood, whose party he replaced in a de facto military coup last year.

ISIS also has anti-aircraft guns, some of which were destroyed n the Egyptian retaliation this afternoon.

Egypt has been in turmoil ever since the Arab Spring protests against Hosni Mubarak, who ousted was hastened by President Barack Obama, who in turn praised the Muslim Brotherhood and its leader Mohammed Morsi following his election.

A year later, Obama found himself once again encouraging the ouster of the president and praising Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi , whose regime has been no less ruthless than Mubarak’s and Morsi’s.

With the alternative being anarchy, the United States and other powers have backed al-Sisi, but the Sinai has been virtually a province of anarchy for four years.

Hamas has been a serious threat to Egyptian control in the Sinai, next to the border with Israel, and the Gaza terrorist party and army have executed dozens of attacks against Egyptian forces.

ISIS making Hamas look like small potatoes.

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