Tourists cross the Egypt-Israel Taba border crossing 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Egyptian security forces thwarted a terror attack aimed at tourists in southern
Sinai, the London-based pan Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported on
According to the report, a total of nine jihadi suspects are in
custody, after being arrested near Gaza on Friday in possession of explosives, a
rocket-propelled grenade launcher and ammunition.
The Al-Hayat report,
which Channel 2 reproduced, cited an Egyptian security source as saying that the
intended attack was supposed to occur during the Muslim holiday of Id
“It’s too soon to determine how many jihadi cells exist in
various districts [in Sinai],” the newspaper quoted the security source as
saying, adding that the terrorists’ intention had been to strike vital
Earlier this month, Egyptian security forces engaged a Libyan
terror suspect in a firefight, after he came under suspicion of being involved
in the deadly attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
was killed in a Cairo suburb and was found to be heavily armed with
rocket-propelled and handheld grenades.
Israel has urged its citizens to
refrain from traveling to Sinai under any circumstances.
Security Council says a “concrete and very high” threat level has existed in the
peninsula for a while and continues to remain a high threat to anyone who enters
The IDF’s Southern Command, meanwhile, remains on a continuous
state of alert for further attempts by Sinaior Gaza-based jihadi elements to
launch a cross-border attack on Israel.
“The Sinai border will continue
challenging us. We made a great effort in the past two years to close the border
[with a security fence], and it is closed – but even when it is closed, the
threat does not stop,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz said last month
following a deadly border shooting that claimed the life of an IDF
The army has recently deployed the field intelligence Racoon and
Granite vehicles – which are packed with surveillance equipment – to the border
area as part of its efforts to gain better intelligence on threats from
Uncovering and neutralizing roadside bombs has also become a major
focus of military forces securing the southern border.
In August, two
rockets were fired at Eilat from Sinai