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October 4, 2013 5:21 pm

Egypt Turns Back Palestinian Pilgrims, Mulls Military Action in Gaza

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A Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Photo: Omar Chatriwala via Wikimedia Commons. Egyptian authorities turned back more than 100 Palestinians on their way to Mecca as part of their Hajj pilgrimage, citing security reasons.

Reports say that the Egyptian military is considering military action inside of Gaza if terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula continues. Egyptian aircrafts have recently been conducting reconnaissance over Gaza.

“The Egyptian army does not believe the population of Gaza is involved in the violence in Sinai, but certain factions strongly support Sinai groups. The [smuggling] tunnels [connecting Gaza and the Sinai] play a major role in the communication between both sides,” a senior Egyptian official told Ma’an News Agency.

Since ousting Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, the Egyptian military has waged an aggressive campaign against Islamic terror groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt blames Hamas, which is closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and other terror groups in Gaza for supporting the Sinai terrorists. The military has destroyed several dozen Gaza smuggling tunnels and has largely kept the border sealed.

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  • Eve Rowell

    The Egyptian Government is or would be the American Government’s best friend in cleaning up the swamp of terrorists in the Sinai if only we had a leader and administration which didn’t support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, in Syria, and in Turkey. But as it happens we have an administration that takes the view that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “moderate” Muslim group. And that Rouhani comes from Iran offering genuine nuclear disarmament. And that the Palestinians want peace with Israel. And that Assad intends to turn over all his chemical weapon sites. The disparity between wishful thinking and reality is painful. But American foreign policy based upon wishful thinking can be dangerous.

  • shloime

    what “maan news agency” doesn’t report is that the leaders of the egyptian moslem brotherhood have fled to gaza and set up their headquarters there. they also talk about the “dozens” of tunnels destroyed by the egyptians, but not about the many hundreds remaining.

    egypt invented the palestinian liberation movement, and its leader, the arch-terrorist yasser arafat, so even while they might have their differences, it seems the egyptian military isn’t quite ready, yet, to scrap their most effective weapon in the fight against israel.

  • Jake A. Hart