Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Egyptian Army thwarted an attack against Israel on Wednesday night, killing a suicide bomber who ran toward the border near Kerem Shalom, Egyptian military sources said.
The Egyptian sources told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency in a report published Thursday that the suicide bomber carried an explosive device and wore an explosive belt on his body.
The sources also said that the army destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad rockets before they were fired at Israel.
The attack on the vehicle killed two individuals, taking place in the north Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid near the border with the Gaza Strip.
In tandem with Israel’s ongoing operations in Gaza, the Egyptian Army continued its ongoing operations against terrorist elements in Sinai. The army killed three, injured two others and arrested 16 on Wednesday night, the army spokesman announced on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities allowed an aid convoy carrying medical supplies to head to the Rafah crossing to Gaza, Ahram Online reported on Thursday.
The Popular Committee to Support the Palestinian Uprising said it had collected medicine and medical supplies that would be handed over to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. A delegation of 12 people is accompanying the convoy.
Egypt has mostly kept the border closed with Gaza, making exceptions for various humanitarian cases.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is likely content that Israel is hurting a group Egypt blames for involvement in the Islamist insurgency on its own soil.
The Muslim Brotherhood praised Hamas on Tuesday for its fighting against Israel, in a statement published on its website.
“The impressive Palestinian resistance is close to achieving a great victory, thanks to Allah, while Zionist arrogance [is] increasingly faltering and stumbling,” it said, drawing attention to “massacres committed against women and children, the elderly.”