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Sinai Militants: Israel Drone Kills Four

Egyptian soldiers keep guard on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip, July 8, 2013.
Egyptian soldiers keep guard on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip, July 8, 2013.
Reuters
An Islamist militant group said on Saturday four of its members were killed in an Israeli drone strike in Egypt's North Sinai region.
    
"Our heroes became martyrs during their jihadi duties against the Jews in a rocket attack on occupied lands," the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group said on a jihadist website.
    
Egyptian security sources said earlier that four Islamist militants were killed by a missile strike on Friday as they prepared to launch rockets at Israel.
    
It was not clear how the militant group determined that its members were the target of an Israeli drone strike.
    
Five security sources told Reuters the attack was carried out by Israel. But the Egyptian armed forces officially denied that was the case and an Israeli army spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined to comment on the incident.
    
The two countries have cooperated in tackling the threat from Islamist militants in Sinai in the past and neither seemed interested in creating a fuss over this case.
    
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis criticized the Egyptian military for what it called its repeated cooperation with Israel.
    
The Egyptian military said two explosions took place at a site 3 km (2 miles) west of the border and south of the city of Rafah on Friday afternoon.
    
The security sources in Sinai said an Israeli aircraft struck at the militants, killing four, after discovering they had planned to fire rockets into Israel.
    
One source said the Israeli aircraft had observed the militants preparing three rocket launch pads to hit Israel. It launched a missile, killing two men, then killed another pair who stepped up to the pads after the first strike.
    
However, an Egyptian army spokesman denied in a subsequent statement any Israeli role in the incident.
    
Militants based mainly in North Sinai near the border have escalated attacks on Egyptian security forces and other targets since July 3, when the army deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and installed a new government.
    
The Sinai is largely demilitarized as part of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty of 1979 but Israel has approved troop reinforcements to combat the militants and arms smuggling by Palestinians into Gaza.
    
The desert peninsula has long been a security headache for Egypt and its neighbors. Large and empty, it also borders the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip and flanks the Suez Canal linking Asia to Europe. It is also home to nomad clans disaffected with rule from Cairo.
    
The Egyptian army said on Wednesday it had killed 60 militants in the Sinai Peninsula in the month since Morsi's overthrow.

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by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
August 10, 2013 9:22 PM
The Jihadists in the Sinai is a threat to the security of both Israel and Egypt. The drone attack on the Jihadists in Sinai by Israel is with the consent or approval of the Egyptian military government who has charged the former President Morsi for collusion with the Jihadists for organized jail breaks and helping the Jihadists in Sinai. This is similar to the US drone attacks in Yemen with the consent of the Yemeni government. Pakistan publically denounce the US drone attacks against al Qaida and Taliban, resulting in relentless terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Pakistan is paying a high price by condemning the US drone attacks which encourages the terrorists for more terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistan remains the biggest terrorism exporting country in the world with a paralyzed dysfunctional government which even encourages terrorist attacks against Afghanistan, India and other countries.


by: William Norman
August 10, 2013 3:36 PM
Anti-Coup Alliance Statement Condemns Israeli Drone Operation Inside Egyptian Borders
Credible news reports confirm that an Israeli drone air-strike killed at least 5 Egyptians inside Egypt’s northern Sinai peninsula, an operation which the Egyptian army is said to have consented to.

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