IDF bombs rocket launchers in Egyptian Rafah

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    IDF bombs rocket launchers in Egyptian Rafah


    Palestinian news agency Maan cites Egyptian source who says IAF drone bombed ready-to-launch rockets in Egyptian territory, killed five militants

    The Palestinian news agency Maan reported a loud explosion was heard on Friday in the Egyptian side of Rafah near the Israeli border, in the vicinity of the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

    An Egyptian army source told the agency that an Israeli drone bombed ready-to-launch rockets deployed on Thursday in a desert area in the town, following a fly-over in which the rockets were detected.

    According to the source, at least five militants were killed in the bombing. The IDF refused to comment.

    According to Egyptian reports, which have not received official confirmation, Sinai militant groups decided to launch rockets at Israel, after acquiring various rockets via smuggling routes through the Red Sea.


    Meanwhile, the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram quoted the Egyptian army spokesperson who said that on 4:15 pm on Friday two explosions were heard about three kilometers west of the border line. According to him, Egyptian army forces are canvassing the area to find an explanation for the explosions.

    An Israel source said in response to the reports: "We're aware of the increase Egyptian army activity against terror in Sinai."

    Earlier on Friday Maan reported that it was an Egyptian alert of anti-aircraft rockets in Sinai which led to the closure of Eilat's airport for two hours on Thursday.

    The news agency reported that according to high ranking Egyptian army officer, Cairo alerted Israel to threats made by Sinai Peninsula-based militant groups to attack Israeli targets with 70 km-ranged rockets.

    The report said that Egyptian intelligence services acquired information that the Sinai groups are in possession of ground-air rockets and intend to attack strategic facilities in Sinai during the Eid al-Fieter holiday.

    In addition, the report said that Egyptian fighter jets routinely circle over Sinai to thwart possible attempts to launch rockets and attack in Sinai and the Negev.


    The Eilat Airport was closed on Thursday after an IDF situation assessment. Initially it was reported that the IDF instructed the airspace shut down for arrivals and allow departing airplanes, but the airport was soon shut down completely.

    The airspace over Eilat was reopened two hours later by Chief of Staff Benny Gantz 's order.

    Across the border, the Egyptain army continues to hunt down militants in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt's army spokesperson, Ahmad Ali, recently stated that during an operation last month 103 militants were captured and 60 killed in Sinai.

    The statement noted that the army destroyed 102 tunnels on the Sinai-Gaza border and demolished 40 fuel silos. In addition, some militants' vehicles were confiscated.

    Report: IDF bombs rocket launchers in Egyptian Rafah - Israel News, Ynetnews
     
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    After the Acceptance from Israel ..Egypt deploys their tank near sinai border and Patrolling for Militants activity and The Israeli drones allowed to over watch Sinai Border to gather Intelligence

    The Egyptian army does will destroys some of the Smuggling tunnels and Militants vehicles near the Border
     
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    A untold story about the Militants near the Sinai Border


    Jihadists Fire Missile at Egyptian Government Office


    Jihadists in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula are using U.S. weapons to carry out attacks against the temporary government in the wake of the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, according to the embattled nation’s Interior Ministry.


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    The government office posted an official statement on its Facebook page along with images of an exploded missile that hit the third floor of a building in the city of el-Arish last week. The post said terrorist forces targeted the North Sinai Security Directorate office with a ballistic missile that struck the third floor facade of the building, leaving three soldiers injured. While attacks in the Sinai, which borders Gaza and is a haven for terrorist activity, have become commonplace, the prospect that militants have U.S. weapons typically fired from helicopters at their disposal is especially alarming.

    Three photos of the missile posted by the government agency shows that it appears to be an AGM-114F with a label written in English and the letters “U.S.” stenciled on the side.
    “If, and that is a big if, it was a AGM-114, as in the report, that’s not a ballistic missile, which conjures Cold War images of something massive and long range, but a Hellfire, which is of the type carried on helicopters,” Peter Singer, of the Brookings Institute’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, told FoxNews.com.

    Egyptian security forces apprehended three suspects at the scene, including one Palestinian citizen.

    Egypt claims jihadists fired US Hellfire missile at government office | Fox News
     
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    Its shameful for such a big size country like Egypt that they always have to take Isreali approval to deploy their arm forces in Sinai which is part of Egypt...I had heard that they are allowed by Isreal only to keep police forces durimg peace....shame....
     
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    Size doesn't matter .Statics

    Recently some of the Militant groups operating near the Sinai area become Major threat to Both Egypt and Israel ..So both of them need intelligence sahre before moving troops close to Border

    And Sinai is always a Hot place
     
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    Agreed bro that militant group operating in this are has become threat to both of them, but after 67 defeat Isreal got Egypt agree that it wont deploy its forces in Sinai.....Egypt today has to take Isreali permission if it has to send its troops in Sinai....imagine if Pakistan demands that India has to take his permission if she has to send army in Kashmir...India will beat pakistan to death then....this is why its a shame for Egypt
     
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    Sinai group says it was planning cross-border attack when hit by Israeli drone


    An al-Qaeda-linked group active in the Sinai Peninsula said Saturday that its fighters were the target of a reported Israeli drone strike into Egyptian territory, a rare operation that could indicate increased Egyptian-Israeli security cooperation against militants in the lawless border zone.

    Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, in a statement posted on a militant website, said that a drone that crossed into Egyptian airspace killed four fighters as they were preparing a cross-border rocket strike into Israel. It said the dead were from Egyptian Sinai tribes and that the rocket squad’s leader escaped.

    Egyptian security officials, speaking anonymously on Friday, said that a drone firing from the Israeli side of the border had killed five suspected militants.

    The conflicting accounts could not be reconciled. Both said the site of the strike was about five kilometers (three miles) inside Egypt.

    Israel has maintained official silence about the strike, suggesting that if the Jewish state was involved, it might be trying to avoid embarrassing the Egyptian military. An Egyptian military spokesman later denied the report but did not provide another cause for the explosion.

    The strike could signal a significant new level of security cooperation between Egypt and Israel following the military coup that ousted Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, last month. The military has alleged that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement had turned a blind eye to Islamic militants in the Sinai.

    The militant statement said that there was Egyptian air activity in the area but after the Egyptian aircraft withdrew, the Israeli drone attacked. A tribal leader in the area said that an Egyptian helicopter flew over the site a few minutes after the drone strike.

    The Egyptian security officials said the Israeli attack was launched in cooperation with Egyptian authorities, despite Cairo’s past insistence that the government would not allow anyone else to use its territories to launch attacks against jihadi groups.

    Egypt’s military and security forces have long been engaged in a battle against Islamic militants in the northern half of the peninsula. Militants and tribesmen also have been engaged in smuggling and other criminal activity in the area for years.

    Militants have also fired rockets into Israel and staged other cross-border attacks on previous occasions.

    Sinai group says it was planning cross-border attack when hit by Israeli drone | The Times of Israel
     

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