Report: Egypt thwarts terror attacks

3 men arrested; plotted to bomb Sharm e-Sheikh tourist resorts.

By
August 8, 2010 18:14
2 minute read.
A damaged car is seen at the site of a rocket attack, in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in the

Aqaba Rocket 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Egyptian security authorities have thwarted a plot to carry out terror attacks against tourist resorts in Sharm e-Sheikh, the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report said that three men carrying explosives and tools used for manufacturing bombs were arrested by Egyptian security forces five days before last week’s rocket attacks on Eilat and the Jordanian Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Hamas accuses Israel of Eilat rockets
PM, Egypt blame Hamas for rockets
'Terrorists want to thwart peace'


Egyptian security sources refused to comment on the report.

However, the paper quoted Beduin living in Sinai as claiming that they had been the ones who stopped the three suspects before handing them over to law-enforcement authorities.

It’s not clear why the Egyptians chose not to publicize the arrests of the three, who were apparently on their way to attack tourist resorts in Sharm e-Sheikh.

The Egyptian authorities are now trying to find out whether the three, who have not been identified, are connected to the rocket attacks on Eilat and Aqaba, the paper said.



The report quoted Beduin who were allegedly involved in the capture of the three as saying that one of the men apprehended was probably a Palestinian.

The paper quoted an Egyptian security source as saying that a number of terror suspects had been arrested in Sinai, but that those arrested were not being tied to the rocket attacks.

The Egyptian source said Cairo still had doubts whether the rockets were indeed fired from Sinai toward Eilat and Aqaba. Last week, Egyptian authorities initially denied that the rockets had been fired from Sinai.

Later, however, they backed down and claimed that Palestinian groups that had infiltrated the border with the Gaza Strip were behind the attacks.

Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip continue to deny any involvement in the rocket attacks last week, which killed a Jordanian citizen and wounded several others.

Egyptian security forces, meanwhile, have launched a massive investigation to determine whether terrorists had used Sinai as a launching pad for firing the rockets.

The Egyptians believe that fundamentalist Muslims belonging to an armed group were behind the attacks. One theory is that the terrorists were part of an al-Qaida-inspired cell that consists of fundamentalists from the Gaza Strip and Sinai.

In a separate development, the Islamic Jihad organization in the Gaza Strip denied on Sunday that it had agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel.

Daoud Shihab, a spokesman for the group, said that “rockets were a tactical means that we resort to when needed.”

He said that reports to the effect that his organization had agreed to halt the rocket attacks were untrue.

Related Content

July 19, 2018
Sources close to Netanyahu: Trump knew the Iran nuclear deal was bad

By HERB KEINON, MICHAEL WILNER