News / Middle East

Egypt Claims Aerial Strikes Against Militants in Sinai

An Egyptian military helicopter is seen deployed in the northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in this May 21, 2013, file photo.
An Egyptian military helicopter is seen deployed in the northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in this May 21, 2013, file photo.
Edward Yeranian
An Egyptian military spokesman says Egyptian Air Force helicopters have been carrying out strikes close to the Israeli border, in an effort to root out Islamist militants operating in the area.

The attacks follow claims by an Islamist militant group that an Israeli drone strike Friday killed at least four of its fighters.
 
Egyptian media are reporting that Islamist militants attacked army troops overnight in the coastal Sinai resort town of el Arish. A soldier guarding an officers club was lightly wounded. Another attack was reported near the town of Sheikh Zaweid, near the border with Gaza. Militants have stepped up attacks on army forces in recent weeks.
 
Meanwhile, the army says it has used Apache helicopters in a series of strikes on militant targets near the Israeli border. An army statement indicated that at least 12 militants were killed in a strike on the village of Touma, near Sheikh Zaweid, overnight.
 
An army spokesman has denied reports that Israeli drones carried out a strike against Islamist militants on Egyptian soil. An Islamist militant group calling itself Beit al Moqadess claimed that four of its fighters were killed by an Israeli drone strike Friday.
 
Retired Egyptian General Hussam Suweillam told Sky News Arabia that the Egyptian army finds itself in a “delicate position” regarding public opinion and “would need to respond if an outside power were known to have attacked Egyptian soil.”
 
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon stressed Saturday that Israel “respects Egyptian sovereignty,” and said he “appreciates” that the Egyptian military has stepped up activity in the Sinai to combat terrorism.
 
Veteran Egyptian editor and publisher Hisham Kassem argues that militant activity in the Sinai is a reaction by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its various allies to the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.
 
"There was a president who was actively protecting terrorists who kept flooding into the country and beginning to prepare to create an alternative army in the Sinai. Now, once that president was ousted, some of the leaders of the [Muslim Brotherhood] openly said that these operations are targeting the interim government,” said Kassem.
 
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mohamed Baltagi said recently that “attacks on the army in the Sinai will stop, as soon as (ousted) president Mohamed Morsi is restored to power." Few Egyptian analysts, however, believe it is likely that Morsi will be reinstated.
 
Egyptian media has reported for weeks that the Muslim Brotherhood and its ally, Hamas, which controls Gaza, are trying to create a “Free Egyptian Army,” to battle government forces and reinstate Morsi.

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
August 12, 2013 9:50 AM
The Egyptian military is right to press charges against ousted President Morsi for collusion with Islamic militants and terrorists for the organized break outs of the prisons while Morsi was in power. It is not the Israeli drones that attack the terrorists in Sinai. It is the Egyptian military that is attacking the terrorists. The dirty hands of the Moslem Brotherhood, Beit al Moquadess, Hamas and Morsi are revealed by the Moslem Brotherhood spokesperson Mohamed Baltagi when he announced that "attacks on the army in the Sinai will stop, as soon as (ousted) President Mohamed Morsi is restored to power." Hence it is armed struggle between the army and the Moslem Brotherhood. The sit ins and protests in various parts of Egypt is a political action to create anarchy and martyrs for the Moslem Brotherhood to create public opinion against the Egyptian military government. Moslem Brotherhood should be declared as a Moslem terrorist organization not just in Egypt, but also in rest of the world.


by: ali baba from: new york
August 11, 2013 1:17 PM
great job for the new Gov. is to eliminate the terrorist group either in Sinai or in Egypt. the force is only language they understand.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid