BREAKING: Alleged Israeli Drone Strike in Egypt:, Destroy Rocket Launcher
Killing 4 Terrorists as they prepared to launch rockets at Israel.
Published on Aug 10, 2013
Thousands of mourners attended the weekend funeral procession for four suspected fighters killed one day earlier in an attack said to have targeted a rocket launcher in the North Sinai city of Rafah. Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people in hundreds of automobiles partook in the funeral. The convoy passed by several villages before reaching their destination in Sheikh Zuweid cemetery, where the four were buried. Mourners chanted slogans against Israel, whom they accused of being behind the strike, a claim Egyptian military officials have denied.
Bee's note: Long live Israel!
Al Qaeda affiliate in Sinai vows revenge after its members were killed as they prepared missile strike.
By Gil Ronen
Ansar Bait El Maqdis, an Al Qaeda affiliate in the Sinai peninsula, vowed revenge Saturday after four of its members were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike as they prepared to launch a missile at Israel.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said four of its members belonging to Sinai tribes had been killed by Israeli drones on Friday.
Egypt’s military denied on Friday that there had been any Israeli strikes inside Egyptian territory.
The terror group accused the Egyptian army of coordinating the attack with Israel, and threatened more strikes against the Jewish state.
“How can the Egyptian army allow the Zionist unmanned planes to cross into Egyptian territory,” the statement said.
A funeral was held for the militants on Saturday, with the bodies of the four driven through several border towns in north Sinai.
Dozens of men on pick-up trucks flying a black Jihadi flag paraded through the towns, in an act of defiance to the army, witnesses told AFP.
Terrorists based mainly in north Sinai near Israel’s border have escalated attacks on security forces and other targets since July 3, when the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and installed a new government.
But the army has been reluctant to confront the terrorists inside towns in order not to provoke the tight-knit tribes, military sources say.
There have been conflicting reports about the source of Friday’s attack.
Officials told AFP the strike came from the Egyptian military, as part of their campaign to curtail a surge in violence and rein in militant activity in the lawless Sinai.
Witnesses said Egyptian military helicopters hovered above the site after the blasts.
On Friday, the Egyptian military said two explosions were heard in the Sinai peninsula, close to the border with Israel, and that it would investigate their cause.
“There is no truth whatsoever to any Israeli strikes inside Egyptian territory and the claim that there is Egyptian and Israeli coordination on the matter is utterly baseless,” military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement on Friday.