Tag Archive for Sinai

REVEALED: NYT reports Israeli jets hit over 100 ISIS targets in Sinai

Although the Israeli Air Force operations were coordinated with Egyptian authorities, officials from Jerusalem and Cairo refused to confirm the New York Times report.

By DANIEL J. ROTH

 

NEW YORK – Egypt has allowed Israel to conduct more than 100 air strikes in northern Sinai in an effort to root out terrorists affiliated with Islamic State, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign in the area with the approval of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has struggled to contain the deadly threat in the restive peninsula, according to the report. Continue Reading »

REPORT: One Dead after Israel retaliates for ISIS rocket fire with UAV attack

 

Following yesterday’s Islamic State rocket fire on Southern Israel, Arab media reports of an unidentified drone strike on a home & car in Rafah, Sinai, killing one.
– IDF has had no comment on the foreign reports.

By Roi Kais

 

Following rocket fire directed at communities in the Eshkol Regional Council Monday morning, Arab media outlet Al Jazeera reported that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacked a house in southern Rafah, killing one person.

Image of ISIS launching rocket at Israel – Arab media release

In addition to Al Jazeera, local media outlets in the Sinai reported that an unidentified UAV fired two missiles at a structure and vehicle, killing and wounding civilians. Continue Reading »

ISIS rocket fired from Sinai explodes in greenhouse in Southern Israel

 

REPORT: According to an ISIS linked news agency Amaq, the Islamic State took responsibility for the rocket that activated the ‘color-red’ alert sirens in the Eshkol region, and landed inside a greenhouse, only causing considerable damage. No injuries reported.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that landed in landed in a greenhouse in the southern Eshkol Regional Council on Monday, according to ISIS linked news agency Amaq.

Remnants from a rocket that struck southern Israel, April 10, 2017. – Photo: Israel National Police/Spokesperson’s Division

According to the IDF, the projectile was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Continue Reading »

Egyptian army continues to destroy Hamas terror-tunnels on its Gaza border

 

Egypt continues to deal with chaos in the Sinai, destroying Hamas smuggler tunnels connecting to Gaza and now the Coptic Church says Christians are fleeing northern Sinai for their safety.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

The Egyptian military says it has discovered and destroyed weapons smuggling tunnels in the northern Sinai Peninsula, next to the Gaza border.

A military spokesperson told Egyptian media outlets that one tunnel, dug some 20 meters (66 feet) underground, branched out into three different tunnels.

Oxygen tanks and communication technology cables were found in the tunnels.

Missiles from Libya seized by Egyptian authorities before entering tunnels to Gaza

Meanwhile, the Coptic Church in Egypt said that dozens of Christian families living in the northern Sinai had been forced to flee their homes due to violence from Salafist radicals against Christians. Continue Reading »

IDF Preparing for Highly Likely ISIS Sinai Attack

 

Knowing ISIS has amassed a considerable terrorist force in Egypt’s Sinai, Israel’s defense establishment is certain it will inevitably attack the Jewish state, so the IDF has taken steps to neutralize any such surprises.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Recent violence in the Sinai Peninsula is raising a lot of questions in Israel’s defense establishment. Most notably, there is growing concern that the thousands of ISIS terrorists currently operating there against the Egyptian army could attack southern Israel.

Hamas = ISIS

Attacks on southern Israel from the Sinai are not unprecedented. Just five years ago, Sinai-based terrorists launched a multi-pronged attack on the main highway leading to the southern resort town of Eilat. 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.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

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.

Pentagon considers automating jobs of US peacekeeper MFO Sinai force

 

U.S. military command notifies Israel & Egypt that it is reviewing whether to incorporate remote surveillance technology into its MFO unit in the Sinai Peninsula, allowing the Pentagon to withdraw some of its observation force.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing whether to automate aspects of multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai Peninsula, potentially allowing a reduction in American troop deployments.

Egyptian Army in Sinai

Israel not engaging Egyptian warplanes flying through Israeli airspace

 

Egyptian Air Force fighter-bombers en route to strike at Islamic State targets in the Sinai, make unprecedented use of Israeli airspace, likely with permission from Jerusalem.

By Yoav Zitun

 

Egyptian Air Force planes have in recent months crossed into Israeli airspaces part of Egypt’s military campaign against the local Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State terror group, Ynet learned on Tuesday.

Egyptian military planes over the Suez area – Archive photo: Reuters

The unprecedented flights, apparently conducted in coordination with the IDF, were conducted mostly in the triangular border area between Israeli territory, Egyptian land, and the southern Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Bodies of 15 African Migrants Discovered Near Israel’s Border By Egyptian Police

 

In attempting to come to the Jewish State through Egypt’s Sinai desert, 15 African migrants were shot dead near Israel’s border by unknown assailants.

By i24news

 

The bodies of 15 African migrants were found Sunday by Egyptian police near the country’s border with Israel, according to security sources. Another eight migrants were reportedly found injured.

The border fence along Israel’s border with Egypt near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat – Photo: AFP

“Fifteen bodies of Africans shot dead were found at dawn on Sunday south of (the town of) Rafah,” said Tariq Khatir, a representative of the health ministry in North Sinai. Continue Reading »

IDF Unit Picked to Fight Invading ISIS Horde Mostly Female Warriors

 

IDF’s famed Caracal Battalion has been trained to be the 1st to engage ISIS infiltrators from Sinai, which consists of 70% female combatants that will ‘shame & dishonor’ their attackers, closing any path to ‘Paradise’.

By Israel Today Staff

 

How and when will the burgeoning ISIS forces in Sinai act against Israel? For the past year this question has troubled the Israeli intelligence community, which has struggled to provide a satisfactory answer.

The reason it is difficult to get a firm read on the situation is that this particular branch of ISIS is operating in a compartmentalized and largely unorganized manner in a huge open desert with the support of local Bedouin smugglers. Continue Reading »

Turkey’s leaving blood soaked footprints in the sands of Sinai

Egyptian officials allege Turkey is actively involved in assisting the Islamist insurgency against the Sisi gov’t. 

By JACOB WIRTSCHAFTER

 

CAIRO. Even as its diplomats extend an invitation to Ankara to join the August 6 inauguration ceremonies for the New Suez Canal, Egyptian officials are moving from vague accusations of foreign support for the Islamic State insurgency in the Sinai to more specific allegations of Turkish aid to the IS-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

The remains of a 4×4 SUV equipped with with an anti-aircraft weapon, which was bombed in Sinai town of Sheik Zuweid by Egyptian F16, July 1, 2015 – Photo: Facebook

Egypt’s security establishment is convinced that the weaponry and tactical capabilities displayed in last week’s attack on one of its patrol boats, and Ansar’s deadly two-day siege of the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, point to assistance extending beyond the diffuse network of supplies and personnel deployed by Islamic State from Libya through to Syria and Iraq. 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 »

Sky News Arabic Reports: Egyptian army kills Hamas commander with jihadists in Sinai

Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based newspaper, also claimed a Hamas commander had been killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and jihadist militants in the Sinai.

By i24news

 

A commander of Hamas’ military wing – the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades – was reportedly killed Wednesday by an Egyptian army strike in the Sinai Peninsula, Sky News in Arabic reported.

Brigades Ezzedin-al Qassam – Photo capture site: al Qassam

Abdallah Saeed Kashta, 25, died during a raid carried out by Egyptian forces against Islamic State-linked Welayat Sinai group.

Kashta’s relatives denied the report, saying that he was killed several days ago in Libya. 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 »

4 Men From Sinai Executed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Accused of Spying for Israel

In a released video, the Sinai’s most dangerous militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said the 4 Egyptian men had been spying for Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

 

 

A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters.
Four Sinai people killed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis for spying for Israel

Four Sinai people executed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis for spying for Israel

Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month, security sources said — the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt.

The men had been abducted by gunmen two days earlier while driving in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, which is just a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »