Egyptian Policeman say the crossing will remain closed until the 7 remaining kidnapped hostages that were taken by Islamic militants from the Sinai are freed.
They’re also demanding that the Interior Minister comes to listen to security concerns.
CAIRO – Egyptian police angered by the kidnapping of seven colleagues by Islamist gunmen kept a crossing into the Gaza Strip closed again on Saturday, stranding hundreds of Palestinian travellers, witnesses said.
Palestinian baby sleeps next to his mother at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in Gaza, May 17, 2013 – Photo: REUTERS
The protest began on Friday when police strung barbed wire across the Rafah border post and chained up the gates, local residents said, a day after the abductions. Continue Reading »
The Sinai Bedouin blame Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s interior ministry for the kidnappings in the region saying: ‘We’ve already paid a price for Israel returning the land.’
Bedouin tribes in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula implied on Thursday that they were better off living under Israeli rule and that they have been suffering since Israel withdrew from the region as part of the peace agreement with Egypt.
Desert tourism – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The residents of the Sinai spoke to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, after local tribesmen kidnapped seven Egyptian security personnel near the city of El-Arish.
The seven were kidnapped by an unknown group in north Sinai while en route to Cairo. Continue Reading »
Israeli-Arab Amir Omar Hasan, kidnapped in the Sinai, speaks with his family members, says: ‘Situation is ok’.
Egyptian report: Bedouin Kidnappers reject negotiation, demand release of relatives held in Egyptian jail
By Hasan Shaalan
Amir Omar Hasan, the 23-year-old Israeli-Arab who was kidnapped together with a Norwegian citizen by a gang of Bedouins while vacationing in Sinai, has spoken with his family members in Israel Friday.
Amir Omer Hasan – Photo: nsrawy.net
According to his relatives, Hasan himself had called the family to inform them of his captivity. “He asked us to stay calm, and said that he is healthy,” a family member said, adding: “We’re not so sure about the circumstance of the actually kidnapping.” Continue Reading »
Egyptian Police reported that after they found drugs in a vehicle on Saturday the passengers fired at them, as they tried to escape.
Security was increased Sunday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, in southern Sinai, following the death of two Bedouins in clashes with police.
An official told DPA that security was beefed up to prevent any retaliatory attacks.
Army trucks carry Egyptian military tanks in El Arish, Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Photo by AP
Police said they found drugs in a vehicle on Saturday and the passengers fired at security forces as they tried to escape. Continue Reading »
IDF soldiers were caught in a crossfire between drug smugglers & Egyptian soldiers Wednesday morning. No Israeli injuries reported.
Israeli soldiers were caught in apparent crossfire between Egyptian soldiers and drug smugglers Wednesday morning. No Israeli injuries were reported.
Egyptian soldiers spotted and shot at drug smugglers trying to cross into Israel, and several bullets hit an Israeli bus carrying soldiers.
Assuming they were under a terrorist attack, the Israeli soldiers fired back and wounded at least one Egyptian soldier. The IDF still is investigating to determine whether the shots fired at the bus were accidental or not. Continue Reading »
Gas pipeline targeted for 15th time since mid-2011; gunmen placed explosives under pipeline & detonated them remotely. Again gas supply suspended
An explosion on Sunday rocked the Egyptian pipeline built to carry natural gas to Israel and Jordan, the 15th time it has been attacked since the start of the uprising in early 2011 that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
Explosion at pipeline (Archives) – Photo: EPA
The blast occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning at al-Tuwail, east of the coastal Sinai town of al-Arish, at a point before the pipeline splits into separate branches to Israel and Jordan, security officials and witnesses said. Continue Reading »
Truck drivers say Bedouins protesting Cairo’s policy towards them burn tires, but allow Gaza-bound vehicles through
A group of Egyptian Bedouins blocked on Monday the main road leading to the Nitzana border crossing between the Sinai Peninsula and Israel, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.
Archives - Photo: AP
According to the report, the Bedouins blocked the passage as an act of protest against the detention of Bedouins in the Sinai by Egyptian authorities.
Truck drivers reported seeing burning tires and rocks along the road, as well as gunmen armed with machine guns.
However, the truck drivers said, vehicles that were headed to Gaza, including fuel tankers delivering diesel from Qatar, were allowed through. Continue Reading »
Three Chinese infiltrators hurt in exchange of fire between Arabs trying to smuggle them in and the IDF.
Three infiltrators from China were lightly wounded in an exchange of fire on the Egypt-Israeli border Monday.
A force from Givati Brigade’s Rimon unit identified about ten infiltrators, escorted by four gunmen, crossing the border in the Netafim area. After the group crossed the border, the soldiers called out to them to halt and fired in the air. The infiltrators did not stop advancing and the force fired at them.
Israeli-Egyptian Border - Reuters
The armed men who were in the group of infiltrators fired back at the IDF soldiers. Continue Reading »