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Islamist Gunmen Kill 16 Egyptian Border Guards

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Gunmen killed 16 Egyptian border guards Sunday at a checkpoint near the Gaza Strip and Israel, and then stole security vehicles and attempted to cross into Israel.
 
Egyptian state media said Islamist militants from Gaza and the Sinai peninsula carried out the attack as the guards were breaking their Ramadan fast. 
 
The Israeli military said the militants drove two Egyptian security vehicles to the Israeli border. It said one vehicle exploded and the second crossed the border and was destroyed in an Israeli air strike. 
 
Israeli officials said seven militants were killed, four on the Israeli side of the border and three on the Egyptian side.
 
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called the attack "cowardly." The Egyptian government said it was closing Egypt's Rafah border crossing with Gaza.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said determined action by the Israeli military prevented a major attack on civilians. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the incident shows a need for Egypt to take determined action to prevent he calls "terror in Sinai." 
 
Gaza's ruling Hamas movement condemned the attack on the Egyptian border guards and sent condolences to the families of those killed and to Mr. Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood group shares ideological roots with Hamas. 
 
Sinai has become increasingly lawless since the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year. Militants in Sinai have targeted Egyptian security forces, blown up pipelines supplying gas to Israel and Jordan and killed Israelis in cross-border attacks. 
 

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 06, 2012 10:32 AM
This vindicates Mubarak and his policies. I have always said the Arab Spring is a return to barbarism in preference to civilization. This too has been proved apposite by recent happenings out there. Morsi must be thinking what to do; Turkey must be wishing for something; the Arab League will come up with an impossible hypothesis, all looking for how to turn it round to blame Israel. When everybody in Gaza is trained to be a terrorist, and Morsi supports them, what does he expect? He has just been given a taste of his pudding, just as Tehran wants neighbors to help free its troops (posing as civilians) captured in Syria. The big question is for Morsi to say what he's supporting in extreme islamism.


by: Nora from: USA
August 05, 2012 10:48 PM
thank God for Israel...
I wonder who does more propaganda for Islam as a "peaceful" religion - we or Saudi Arabia...?


by: ali baba from: new york
August 05, 2012 8:13 PM
the news about killing 16 give a proof that politcal situation is getting worst after elected an islaMISt as a presidents . my prediction is the country will suffer extreme hardship because the islamist

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