Tag Archive for Egypt Army

Egypt acknowledges destroying over 3,000 Gaza terror-tunnels

The Egyptian Army Spokesperson admitted in a TV interview, that to curtail terrorism in the Sinai, the army destroyed over 3000 terror & smuggling tunnels on their Gaza border, some were as long as 3 km and as deep as 30 meters.



Egypt has destroyed more than 3,000 tunnels along its border with the Gaza Strip in the past five years, Egyptian Army Spokesperson Tamer Al-Refai has revealed.

In an interview with the private Egyptian news channel Extra News on Sunday night, he said: “In 2015, the [Egyptian] government took a decision to establish a buffer zone along the border [with the Gaza Strip]. Continue Reading »

Egypt destroyed, flooded with sea water or sewage, 37 tunnels from Gaza in 2018

The Egyptian army began destroying Hamas’ tunnels from Gaza following the September 2013 coup, that saw the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, who became President after being busted out of an Egyptian prison by hundreds of armed militants who entered Egypt via the Gaza tunnels.



The Egyptian military destroyed 37 cross-border tunnels linking the Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula over the past year, the country’s military has announced.

Egypt has in the past flooded Hamas tunnels along the Gaza Strip with sea-water or sewage, and has destroyed hundreds of homes on the Egyptian side of Rafah to remove the tunnels. Continue Reading »

Who would have believed? – Israel, Egypt & Hamas, together against ISIS in Sinai


Last week, Hamas deployed 300 hundred combatants along the Gaza-Sinai border, working with Egypt to prevent ISIS terrorists from breaching into coastal enclave.



Israel, Hamas, and Egypt have aligned their strategies and formed an unlikely alliance against the Islamic State in Sinai, who are planning increasingly sophisticated and daring attacks in the region, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Continue Reading »

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Egyptian soldiers shoot & kill naked Palestinian who illegally crossed Gaza-Sinai border




Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were enraged on Saturday after Al Jazeera television aired footage of Egyptian soldiers shooting and killing a Palestinian man who had wandered into the Egypt side of the Rafah crossing through the beach.

In the clip, the man is seen entering the water along the Sinai-Gaza divide. After he steps a few meters into the Egyptian side, he is hit by live fire.

The victim has been identified as Ishak Khalil Hassan, 28, from the Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitoun. Continue Reading »

Egypt’s army destroyed 20 more smuggling tunnels under Gaza border in November


The 20 tunnels that were found & destroyed in November are part of Egypt’s policy, after it cleared a buffer zone along the Gaza border last year, in its attempt to eliminate the cross-border network of tunnels used for terrorism in the Sinai, & smuggling weapons to Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


The Egyptian military says it has destroyed 20 recently discovered underground tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian worker repairs a smuggling tunnel after it was flooded by Egyptian security forces – Photo: Reuters

The army says the tunnels were found and destroyed in November. Continue Reading »

Egypt’s flooding Gaza’s tunnels dampens Hamas’ smuggling business


After refusing to close the smuggling tunnels out of Gaza, the Egyptian army’s campaign to flood every tunnel crossing into the country has provoked the ire of the Palestinians.

By Reuters


Mahmoud Bakeer speaks with despair about the night of the flash flood, when he screamed at his wife and five children to flee their home on Gaza’s border with Egypt as the water rushed in. 

They made it to safety during the flooding last week, but a network of Palestinian tunnels running under the frontier town of Rafah is now water-logged, destroyed by Cairo to sever what it says is a weapons smuggling route out of Gaza for Islamist insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai desert. Continue Reading »

Reported: Cairo permits IDF crossing into Sinai to ‘deal with’ African migrants

London based Asharq al-Awsat daily  reported that on August 1, 15 migrants from Eritrea & Sudan were shot at by Egyptian troops during their attempted illegal entry into Israel through Egyptian territory.



Egypt permitted an Israeli army patrol to cross into the Sinai Peninsula and evacuate African refugees who were shot by Egyptian troops as they were trying to scale the wall along the border, the Arab-language daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.

IDF soldiers standing guard over African migrants on the Egypt-Israel border. – Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz

According to the London-based newspaper, the incident occurred on August 1, when a group of 15 migrants from Sudan and Eritrea sought to illegally enter Israel through Egyptian territory. Continue Reading »

Israeli Expert: Egyptian Forces ‘Unsuccessful’, IDF May Have to Engage ISIS

Israeli political analysis & ex-ambassador believes the IDF will have to beat ISIS, since the Egyptians are unable do it.

By Yaakov Levi


Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job.

Ambassador Tzvi Mazel – Photo: Hezki Ezra, Arutz Sheva

“The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. Continue Reading »

Egypt digs trench on its Gaza border to neutralize Hamas terror-tunnels

After destroying a kilometer-wild buffer-zone along its Rafah border with Gaza, the army now digs 20 meter deep trench to fortify its security in Sinai against Islamist militant attacks, which Egypt claims are supported by Hamas.

By Reuters


ISMAILIA – The Egyptian army is digging a trench in northern Sinai along the border with Gaza in an effort to prevent smuggling, security sources said on Monday, as the government steps up activities to prevent militant attacks that often target security forces.

Army destroys part of Egyptian Rafah to widen buffer zone (Photo: AFP)Army destroys part of Egyptian Rafah to widen buffer zone – Photo: AFP


Egypt had already doubled to one kilometer (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the army following mass protests against his rule in 2013. Continue Reading »

Egyptian soldiers shot dead 2 Israeli smugglers on its border with Israel

Two drug smugglers hit in shoot-out with Egyptian soldiers operating on Israeli and Egyptian sides of the border.
• After IDF fired warning shots, the 2 smugglers were evacuated but later succumbed to their wounds.

By Yoav Zitun


Two Israeli smugglers were killed on Tuesday morning during an exchange of fire between Egyptian soldiers and a smuggling cell with operatives on both the Israeli and Egyptian sides of the border.

Egyptian army watch tower monitors movement on its border between Israel & Egypt. – Photo: Reuters

IDF forces shot warning shots into the air and later evacuated the smugglers, who had been in critically wounded during the incident and later succumbed to their wounds. Continue Reading »

Islamic State Commandeers Egyptian Warship, Planned to Attack Israeli Ship


Arab media reports: Islamic State took control of Egyptian missile boat near Suez, injuring 5 & 8 Egyptian sailors missing.



An investigation in Egypt is underway into a November 14 incident during which Islamic State members successfully hijacked an Egyptian missile boat.

Warship with the flag of the Egyptian Navy. - Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Warship with the flag of the Egyptian Navy. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

According to Arab media reports Monday, the assailants planned to then attack and hijack an Israeli ship to use as leverage for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

The incident reportedly took place in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, by the Suez canal.

Continue Reading »

Al-Sisi’s peace plan: Cairo deploys Army into PA controlled areas & Gaza

Analysis: Egypt’s President al-Sisi would like to send his forces into the West Bank & Gaza, as a temporary ‘peace-force’, until Israel & the Palestinians reach a peace deal.

By Yaron Friedman


During his first trip to Europe, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave an interview to the Italian media in which he voiced a far-reaching and highly significant proposal concerning the peace process – the deployment of Egyptian military forces to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Al-Sisi with Pope Francis on his European tour. (Photo: Reuters)

Al-Sisi with Pope Francis on his European tour. – Photo: Reuters

It’s safe to assume that every Israeli cringes on hearing the phrase “the deployment of military forces to Palestine,” with all the negative connotations it evokes (the War of Independence, the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War). Continue Reading »

Islamic terror attack kills dozens of Egyptian troops in Sinai


At least 25 Egyptian soldiers were killed with dozens more wounded by a car bomb that targeted a Sinai security checkpoint near Gaza border.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi convened an emergency meeting of his senior defense advisers on Friday just hours after a deadly terrorist attack claimed the lives of at least 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspects the guard of honor upon arriving at Khartoum International Airport in Khartoum. -Photo: REUTERS

At least 25 soldiers were killed by a car bomb that targeted two armored vehicles stopped at a checkpoint, security sources and Egyptian media reports indicated. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Soldiers Die Destroying Hamas Smuggling Tunnel From Gaza

Egyptian army officers among the dead when Hamas-run smuggling tunnel from Gaza collapses during demolition operation.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Two Egyptian army officers and a soldier were killed Saturday when a smuggling tunnel connecting Sinai and the Gaza Strip collapsed as they were preparing to blow it up, officials said.

One soldier was injured and another missing in the collapse, which happened as troops were planting explosives.

The army says it has destroyed more than 1,600 such tunnels – most of them since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last year – which the Hamas terrorist group uses to smuggle in arms, equipment and money. Continue Reading »

Palestinian infiltrating Sinai through Gaza smuggling tunnel killed by Egyptian army


One shot to death, 2 others arrested after the the 3 ignored Egyptian border guards’ orders to stop, then tried to return via the Gaza tunnel instead.

By Ynetnews



A Palestinian man trying to infiltrate Sinai through a smuggling tunnel was shot dead and two others arrested by the Egyptian army on Saturday, Palestinian media reported.

Egyptian soldiers on Gaza border – Photo: AP

The three were spotted exiting a tunnel near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Egyptian side of Rafah.

The Egyptian border guards ordered them to stop, but instead the three Palestinians tried to return into the tunnel. Continue Reading »