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A Brief Summery...
The El-Nour party has accused the newly appointed Prime Minister of sidelining the salafist party when forming his new cabinet.
Prime Minister Hesham Qandil offered El-Nour party member Gamal Allam El-Din the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs but dissatisfied with the offer, the party decided to boycott the cabinet.
“The Ministry of Environment doesn’t comply with the size of El-Nour party, the second biggest party in Egypt,” spokesperson for the party Dr Yousry Hammad said.
A statement on the party’s Facebook page said all the political parties and movements collaborated to support Mohamed Morsy in the presidential elections, but since being elected, neither he nor the Freedom and Justice Party had any communication or consultation with El-Nour.
18 Soldiers dead at a security check point – Sheikh Zuwaid
Gunmen attacked a security checkpoint at Sheikh Zuwaid, North Sinai, killing 18 Egyptian soldiers in one of the most brazen attacks on the area in recent history.
“We heard the sound of an enormous explosion coming from the checkpoint, then we saw an armed group driving military tanks towards Karam Abu Salem crossing,” witnesses told The Daily News Egypt.
“The clashes took place at border sign 6, which is mainly secured by military forces. Most of the killed soldiers are military soldiers,” Abdul Rahman Almasry, an activist with the 6th of April (The Democratic Front) movement, told The Daily News Egypt.
IIDF searching for remaining gunmen from Sinai attack
During an Iftar dinner at an army checkpoint near Rafah last night, a number of gunmen attacked soldiers as they broke fast, reportedly killing 13 and wounding several others as they also stole two military vehicles in the process of one of the most deadly and brazen attacks at the Israeli border in recent history.
Ahmed Abo Thera, a Sinai Bedouin activist said that he had been to the scene.
“I’ve seen a bloodbath. There was a group of 25 soldiers having Iftar when they were attacked. The attackers showed up in “three Land Cruisers and used heavy weapons,” said Abo Thera.
The death toll left behind has varied according to differing reports ranging between 13 and 20.
Masked gunmen dressed as Bedouin nomads opened fire on the border post, near the Rafah crossing, with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, killing 16 soldiers and border guards and wounding another seven.
The army statement said 35 gunmen had taken part in the attack, suggesting dozens may still be at large.
(Reuters) - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he hoped a deadly cross-border assault in the Sinai would serve as a "wake-up call" to Egypt, long accused by Israel of losing its grip in the desert peninsula.
Israel wants tighter security in the Sinai, but it does not want that to be achieved with a large increase in numbers of Egyptian troops near its border, our correspondent adds
Yesterday, a group of criminals and terrorists attacked an Egyptian security checkpoint in Rafah, killing nearly twenty of our brothers, our sons, and stole one car and one truck, and tried to crash their way into Israel.
Immediately, Israeli media linked these attackers to the people of Gaza. Nevertheless, this ‘operation’, at this particular time, aims to achieve several goals:
• Create a major border problem for Egypt in its current critical circumstances, to be added to the many internal problems plaguing the homeland after the collapse of a corrupt system that subverted the country’s interests for decades.
• Endeavor to prove the failure of the new Egyptian government, formed just three days ago.
• Attempt to disrupt the new President’s reform project.
• Drive a wedge between the Egyptian administration and the Egyptian people on the one hand, and between the Palestinian government and the people of Gaza on the other.
Evidently, this crime may well be the work of Israel’s Mossad, which has sought to abort the revolution ever since its launch, and which issued instructions to Israeli citizens in Sinai to leave immediately, just days ago. It is clearly noticeable that every time a warning like this is issued, a terrorist incident takes place in the Sinai.
A statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's website said the incident "can be attributed to the Mossad".
It said Israel had carried out the attack in an attempt to undermine the government of Egypt's Islamist President, Mohammed Mursi.
The allegation was echoed by Hamas, the Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that governs Gaza.
Israeli and Egyptian officials have blamed the attack on Islamist militants.
Originally posted by Freelancer
Is this the reason for the attacks? to 'push' Egypt into securing the desert peninsula as it used to be under Hosni Mubarak's reign, without breaking the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries?. Or is it just another example to prove to the world that Mosi's government is unable to secure it's own border or, just simply a clash between the security forces and 'militants' where the 'militants' then lost their sense of direction when trying to escape?
What do you think?
Originally posted by stirling
I fail to understand here.....was there Isrealis hurt of killed?
The APCs were destroyed well before attacking isreals border no?
The death toll is in egyptians not isreais,,,,,,
The whole pointless operation seems phoney somehow....what was the objective exactly?
Looks like Mossad to me........
The equally legitimate question is does the New Egyptian Government have firm control over certain "MB" activities or is this an example that some areas under the "Wild Wild West" mentality out there?