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September 15, 2013 2:51 pm

Egypt Continues Crackdown on Sinai Militants Near Gaza Border, Finds Anti-Aircraft Missiles and Motorized Paragliders

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Sinai Peninsula along Egypt Israel border. Photo: wiki commons.

Egypt’s crackdown on militants in the Sinai continued over the weekend as military forces raided several villages near Rafah, Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ma’an reported seeing military helicopters  just across Egypt’s border with Gaza.

A spokesman for the Egyptian Army, Ahmed Ali, said that operations Sunday included clearing buildings deemed a security threat within a 2,000 foot corridor roughly half-a-mile from the Gaza border, Reuters reported.

The army has destroyed 152 smuggling tunnels running from the Sinai into Gaza since June 30, he added.

On Saturday the Egyptian army discovered explosives under a border guard post in Rafah and later found a detonator 800 meters away, Reuters quoted Ali as saying.

Ali also said that during its recent operations the army seized weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles and motorized paragliders, which indicated an effort to develop new methods of attack.

The army has killed around 100 Islamists in the area over the past two months, and terror groups have killed 58 policemen, 21 soldiers and 17 civilians there, according to an AFP tally cited by Ma’an.

More than 100 members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed and 140 more have been wounded in Sinai since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in July, Ali said.

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  • Matt

    That was LeT plan for the Commonwealth Games village each glider can carry two operatives and enough equipment for a sustained Mumbai style attack. No point the ISI made them call it off, plus we had the date of the attack, .50 snipers and NV. So they would be used to attack army bases. Brazil the Olympics will be bad for that style attack on the village, albeit illumination is not overly favorable. Everyone was worried about an attack in London after Iran and Hizbullah global terror mission. We were preparing for Brazil.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    You know, I knew there was something to the fact that every time I was picked up in NYC by an Egyptian cab driver I thought he was a nice guy. I will say it outright, I like the Egyptian people, and its Islamists like that animal Nasser who make them do things that are against their fair natures. I am now proud of the Israeli forces who withheld their fire upon surrounding the Egyptian army in the yom Kippur war. These are good people who are finally standing up against a hateful wayward religion that turns people into monsters(unlike Boteach and Bush I will not lie and call Islam a great religion or a religion of peace) I think that Menachem Begin should be proud of what he did up in heaven. You see, Egyptians are not Arabs. The Syrians, however, may be a different story. It is the Arab peoples, because of their jealousy of Zionism that are the ones that are prone toward radicalism. The are the ones who are implacable and who must be eliminated from the State of Israel.