Over 400 al-Qaida members have made their way into the Sinai Peninsula, a senior Egyptian security official told the Al-Hayyat satellite television station on Monday.
Egyptian security officials were pursuing the terrorists, who are composed of Palestinians, Beduins and foreign Arab citizens, according to the report. The group was reportedly planning to carry out terror attacks in Egypt, the official said.RELATED:Egypt: No one will block opening of Rafah crossing PM: Global terror organizations strengthening in Sinai Analysis: Al-Qaida exploiting failed states for sovereignty
Additionally, the terrorists carried out "a number of attacks against
[Egyptian] security forces in the Sinai city of El Arish," the official
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday also addressed Egypt's
security problems in Sinai. "Egypt has had difficulties exercising its
sovereignty over Sinai," he said at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee.
"We saw this in the two gas pipe explosions that occurred there,"
Netanyahu said. "What's happening in Sinai is that global terrorist
organizations are meddling there and their presence is increasing
because of the connection between Sinai and Gaza."