As the death toll rises in clashes between Egypt’s army and pro-Morsi protesters, Muslim Brotherhood-linked Gaza terrorists are infiltrating the Sinai to attack Egyptian army outposts.
Although the army has sealed at least 50 tunnels in the past two weeks, hundreds remain open and active under the border between Egypt and Gaza.
A senior Egyptian official told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday that at least 150 Izz a-Din al-Qassam operatives – members of the Gaza-based Hamas military wing – were seen heading into Sinai via the tunnels. “They were wearing uniforms associated with the military police before joining jihadists in Sinai, the source was quoted as saying.
Egyptian army forces also told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that 14 members of jihad groups were arrested in Sinai on Sunday during an operation in El-Arish. Army sources told the news agency that among those arrested was one Palestinian Authority terrorist who allegedly confessed that he intended to cooperate with other jihadists in Sinai in order to assassinate Egyptian army soldiers.
Hamas, which was started by the Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile denounced in a statement on Monday an attack against supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and sent condolences to the victims’ families. At least 42 people were killed and 322 wounded in an attack on protesters outside an elite army base in Cairo, Ahmed al-Ansari, deputy head of emergency services, told the AFP news agency.