Egyptian soldiers in Sinai 370.
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Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Wasfy, the commander of the second field army in Sinai said that
crossing the border into Gaza is a “political decision” as a Palestinian news
outlet claimed that Cairo is preparing for a possible attack on the
According to a report in Egypt’s Al-Shorouk on Thursday, Wasfy
warned the jihadists in Sinai that the army has lost its patience. He also
warned jihadists in Gaza, stating that the army knows that they are in contact
with elements in Sinai.
When asked why his forces do not pursue jihadists
into Gaza, he responded that it is a “political decision.”
Wasfy said the
terrorists are “a small cancerous tumor, which will be removed soon and Sinai
will be declared free from terrorism.”
He added that the army will
maintain the sacred relationship between the people of Sinai and try not to
affect them during the war on the terrorists.
Egypt has plans to attack
Gaza if the aggression on Egyptian troops in Sinai intensifies, Egyptian
security officials said Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Ma’an News
Officials said that Egyptian aircraft have been flying over Gaza
to gather intelligence on targets in Rafah and Khan Yunis.
could involve air strikes targeting vehicles that aid in smuggling across the
border as well as destroying more tunnels said the sources who said that “all
options are open.”
The Egyptian sources said that some jihadist groups
such as Ansar al- Sunna and Ansar Bayt al- Maqdis were behind some of the
attacks in Sinai and that Hamas was ultimately responsible for violence
emanating from the Strip.
“The Egyptian army does not believe the
population of Gaza is involved in the violence in Sinai, but certain factions
strongly support Sinai groups. The tunnels play a major role in the
communication between both sides,” a senior Egyptian official told
Military operations continue in Sinai and the army destroyed 11
terrorist hideouts there, according to the Egyptian State Information
Troops stormed al-Toma, al-Moqataaa and al- Mahdeya villages
south of Sheikh Zuwayed, destroying the hideouts, which were being used to stage
Crackdowns were continuing in the area of Arish and two tunnels
to Gaza were destroyed, according to the report.
Egyptian security forces
have arrested 150 terrorists in Sinai since July 3 and confiscated 1,000 pieces
of military uniforms, according to a report Thursday in the Egyptian daily
Al-Masry al- Youm