Egyptian Army Raids Village in Sinai; Confiscates Arms and Ammunition

Arms said to serve global jihad terror cells against Egypt, and possibly Israel.

Jack Khoury
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Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai raided a compound near the town of Sheikh Zuweid on Monday, confiscating large quantities of arms and ammunition. According to Egyptian reports, most of the weapons were captured in the village of Al-Jura, which is about five kilometers away from the border with Israel.

The raid took place on the basis of credible intelligence, say the reports. The security forces, who raided the village with assistance from APCs, found a bunker with a submachine gun, 15 explosive devices and a large quantity of grenades and mortar shells inside.

According to assessments, the arms and ammunition served terrorist cells of the global jihad movement that operated against Egyptian security targets. It is possible that they were also intended for use against Israeli targets along the border.

Since the terror attack against the Egyptian border guards in August 2012, the Egyptian army has intensified its operations in Sinai against terrorist groups and local cells, together with its intensive activity on the Egyptian side of Rafah and its effort to prevent smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

The operation led to a rift and a great deal of tension between the Egyptian army and Hamas, which has been holding intensive talks recently with high-ranking officials of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian intelligence in an effort to defuse the tension. Hamas has promised not to intervene in internal Egyptian affairs or damage Egyptian national security.

Egyptian security forces in the Sinai in 2012.Credit: AP

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