Beduins inspect their weapons in the Sinai Peninsula 370 (R).
(photo credit: Asmaa Waguih / Reuters)
Egyptian media reports claimed that a global jihadi terrorist was killed in an
air strike “launched by an Israeli drone” on Sunday, though the claims were
later denied by Egypt.
IDF sources told The Jerusalem Post they were
unaware of the incident.
According to the reports, Ibrahim Awiza Naser
was riding a motorcycle some 15 kilometers from the border with Israel, when a
fireball engulfed him, leaving a large blacked out crater in the
Hours after the first reports emerged, an Egyptian security
source said the blast was likely caused by a rocket-propelled grenade, though no
further details were available.
Egyptian security sources later said
Naser had been involved in an attack on Route 12 in 2011, in which eight
Israelis were murdered by a terror cell that crossed into Israel from Sinai,
The reports also said Egyptian security forces arrested him
last week as part of a wide counter-terrorism raid in Sinai, which was launched
after jihadis murdered 16 Egyptian security personnel and tried to burst through
the Israeli border with vehicles they hijacked from an Egyptian
Israel has been urging Egypt in recent months to take control of
the vast Sinai province and check the emerging terrorist groups in the area.