In a yet-to-be-aired news program, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi admitted the two countries were cooperating to eliminate ISIS militant jihadists operating in the Sinai peninsula, “We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis,” al Sisi said in the interview.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Military cooperation between Egypt and Israel has reached unprecedented levels in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with CBS News.
When asked by CBS if this security cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two countries that once were enemies, he said “That is correct…we have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis.” Continue Reading »
IDF confirms 2 rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula landed in the Eshkol Regional Council of southern Israel, with no injuries or damages reported.
– Latest round of launches come after ISIS reported five of its fighters were killed by an IDF drone on Saturday.
By Yoav Zitun
Two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula and landed in open space in Israel on Monday morning, the IDF reported.
Part of an exploded rocket found – Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit
The rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, according to an initial statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Continue Reading »
According to Arabic media report, an Israeli drone dealt with ISIS terrorist that 2 weeks ago fired 4 missiles from the Sinai Desert into Israel’s southern city of Eilat.
By YASSER OKBI & MAARIV HASHAVUA
An unmanned Israeli drone has allegedly bombed and killed five ISIS members in Egypt’s northern Sinai region, according to Arabic media reports Sunday.
According to outlets affiliated with “Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis,” the Egyptian branch of the terror group, the four died when they “fell as martyrs to the Jewish enemy.”
The Egyptian Army said it was opening an investigation into two large explosions in the area, however an army spokesman denied that it was Israel who was responsible. Continue Reading »
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.
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 »
IDF battalion commander says soldiers are on high alert for any heavy weaponry or rocket launches, and remain vigilant against attempted abductions.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Fearing an Islamic State spillover, Israel in recent months has tightened security along its border with Egypt, due to a two-year campaign by the IS affiliate group in the Sinai Peninsula that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Egyptian police and soldiers.
The security fence on the Israel-Egypt border – Photo: AFP
Along the restive border next to northern Sinai, which has for years been a haven for heavily armed terrorists, IDF soldiers patrol the 6,000-square kilometer (2,300-square mile) desert terrain on a daily basis. Continue Reading »
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 »
Israel’s PM Netanyahu warns of impending danger posed by Islamist terrorists, after 70 Egyptians killed in multiple terror attacks in the Sinai.
By HERB KEINON
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the four Israelis at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem who were injured in two separate terrorist attacks over the last two days, and from near their beds sent condolences to Egypt for the terrorist attacks that rocked that country on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Haaretz
“Terrorism is knocking on our borders,” he said. “Islamic State is not only across from the Golan Heights, it is also in Egypt, across from Rafah, in other words across from our borders,” he said. Continue Reading »
In protecting Israel from tumultuous regional changes, IDF has fortified its defense against Sinai’s terrorists & smugglers with engineering obstacles to prevent infiltration by foot or vehicle, along with additional combat outposts.
By Ilana Curiel
The IDF has been taking steps recently to strengthen the security of Pitchat Nitzana, a block of communities located in the western Negev, in response to evolving terrorist threats from the Sinai Peninsula and the growing frequency of violent smuggling incidents.
IDF troops near Egypt border – Photo: Roee Idan
An incident that occurred last October, in which two IDF soldiers from the Caracal Battalion were wounded when militants from Sinai fired rifles and an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep, only emphasized the necessity of setting up a tighter security ring around the area. Continue Reading »
IDF official says, “On the one hand you have here a peaceful border, and on the other hand you have a frontier area in Sinai that has developed into a hotbed of terror activity.”
“The scenario that we are preparing for is a multi-pronged terror threat directed against our forces and civilians in the Eilat area,” Col. Arik Chen, deputy commander of Division 80 (the Red Division) said Thursday. Division 80 controls Israel’s longest expanse of border, across from both Egypt and Jordan. His comments take on added relevance amid the preparations for the Passover holiday, when tens of thousands of visitors and tourists are expected to hit the beaches of Eilat and the Dead Sea area. Continue Reading »
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.
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 source reports infantry deployment was coordinated with Israel because of the growing threat from Sinai militants.
Egypt has deployed a new infantry battalion in the Taba area of Sinai, south of Eilat, in a bid to prevent possible attacks on the Israeli resort city or on air traffic headed there, Egyptian sources said.
Egyptian Army soldiers on duty in northern Sinai. – Photo: AP
The deployment was coordinated with Israel.
The Egyptian forces will be stationed particularly close to the Israeli border, compared with previous Egyptian deployments to which Israel has agreed.
Israel has consented to such deployments several times over the last few years even though it is expressly prohibited by the military appendix of the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Continue Reading »
The leader of anti-Israel terrorist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, is reported dead in Sinai after shooting attack.
The assassination deals strategic blow to terrorist group responsible for attacks on Israel.
By Roi Kais
The top leader of an al-Qaeda-inspired group in Egypt’s restive Sinai and three of his associates were killed in a drive-by shooting in the peninsula on Thursday, senior Egyptian security officials said.
The development deals a heavy blow to the militant group, which has claimed scores of deadly attacks across Egypt and in Israel since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July. It is also a boost for Egypt’s military-backed authorities ahead of the country’s presidential elections next week. Continue Reading »
Egyptian presidential candidate says on local satellite channels, ‘If the consequences of terror in Sinai necessitate changing the peace accord, then we will… and Israel will not object to that because it is aware of the gravity of the situation,’
By Roi Kais & Attila Somfalvi
Egyptian military chief turned presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given Israel a clear reminder of the danger its faces from militants in the Sinai Peninsula, against which Egypt provides a vital defense.
Egyptian army deploys forces in El-Arish – Photo: AP
“Israel knows that if the lack of presence of the Egyptian military in Sinai poses a danger to it even more than it does to Egypt,” al-Sisi said in an interview aired Monday. Continue Reading »
The founder of a terrorist group in the Sinai, responsible for killing of 8 Israelis in 2011, dies as his car-crash detonated bomb he was transporting.
A Sinai-based terrorist group has acknowledged that one of its founders, who took part in the 2011 coordinated attack on Eilat that killed eight Israelis, died last Tuesday. The terrorist was involved in a car crash, which detonated the explosives he was transporting.
The terrorist, identified as Tuwafik Mohammed Frij or “Abu Abdallah,” was a leader of the Salafist Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terror organization that has claimed responsibility for firing Grad rockets at Eilat. Continue Reading »