Egyptian soldiers move into El Arish, northern Sinai.
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Egyptian army continues to crack down on smuggling into Gaza, El-Watan
newspaper reported on Sunday.
Witnesses said soldiers stormed fields
close to the Gaza Strip and destroyed a container storing fuel ready to be
smuggled under the border.
The witnesses claimed the army burned 200,000
liters of fuel and destroyed the collecting pool.
The calm in northern
Sinai over the past few days was due to the arrest of most of the terrorists, a
security source quoted by the Egyptian paper Al-Masry Al-Youm
said on Saturday
Egyptians, Palestinians, Syrians and Afghans have been arrested for
attacks and are being held in Cairo, the source said.
The situation in
Sinai has boiled over since the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3
as Islamic radical groups have been attacking military and government
Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Wasfy, commander of the Ismailia-
headquartered Second Field Army in the peninsula, met with a group of youth in
the northern Sinai on Saturday to discuss the situation, according to Daily News
Egypt. Wasfy called on them to back the army against terrorism.
men asked for information on those arrested for killing 16 soldiers last year in
Rafah and for the army to stop the practice of making random arrests.