Egypt: 26 Hizbullah suspects stand trial

Alleged spies accused of plotting attacks against Israeli tourists, sending operatives to Gaza Strip.

sinai huts beach 224 88  (photo credit: Elana Kirsh)
sinai huts beach 224 88
(photo credit: Elana Kirsh)
More than two dozen suspected Hizbullah spies accused of plotting attacks for the Lebanese group have been brought to trial in Egypt. The 26 suspects are charged with spying for a foreign group, planning attacks against tourists and shipping in the Suez Canal and sending operatives to Gaza to help terrorist groups there. According to lawyers, the defendants pleaded not guilty in Monday's hearing at an Egyptian security court. In April, Egyptian security officials said they had uncovered a Hizbullah cell plotting to destabilize the country. After the arrests, a source from their defense team told The Jerusalem Post that some of the suspects from the terror cell admitted to monitoring Israeli tourist groups in Sinai. The group also monitored ships in the Suez Canal "to determine which ones were Israeli," before abandoning that initial plan to conduct attacks in the Arab country, the source said. Hizbullah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah admitted sending an agent to supervise weapon shipments to Hamas in Gaza, but he has denied seeking to harm Egypt's security. The trial was adjourned until October 26. Brenda Gazzar contributed to this report