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Explosions in Northern Sinai, Egypt denies Israeli involvement

Egyptian army deny Israeli involvement in explosion heard in Ajraa in North Sinai that reportedly killed Islamist militants; Israeli army refuse to comment

Ahram Online, AP, Saturday 10 Aug 2013
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A loud explosion coming from the area of Ajraa in Egypt's North Sinai was heard at 4.15pm by residents of south Rafah, Egypt's military spokesperson Ahmed Ali confirmed Friday.

Egypt's official MENA news agency said an explosion destroyed a rocket launcher set up near the border to launch attacks against Israel, and at least five Islamic militants were killed. But it did not elaborate.

In response to conflicting media statements about the incident, Egyptian army spokesperson Ahmed Ali  stressed that there's no truth to media claims of an Israeli attack on Egyptian soil, nor to claims of Egyptian-Israeli coordination, requesting media to verify its information before publishing, especially on issues of national security. 

He indicated in a statement on his official Facebook page, that the army is still in the process of examining the area around the explosions and is collecting evidence on the situation there. Earlier reports by AP quoted two senior Egyptian officials stating that Israel fired a missile into the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing five suspected Islamic militants and destroying a rocket launcher.

The Israeli army spokeswoman declined to comment on the explosion which took place Friday afternoon in North Sinai near the Egyptian-Israeli border, according to Reuters. 

An earlier Facebook statement by the Egyptian army spokesperson confirmed the two explosions, paralleling personal testimonies from Sinai.

Sinai activist Mostafa Singer indicated on his Facebook account that, according to eye witnesses, an Egyptian Apache helicopter was seen circling the Rafah area before, during and after the explosion, adding that surveillance cameras are spread throughout the Egyptian-Israeli border, diminishing the likelihood of a one-sided attack.

On Thursday, the Israeli military ordered the cancellation of all flights in and out of the Red Sea resort of Eilat for a brief period following a security assessment.

Last month, Israel deployed a battery of its Iron Dome missile defence system near Eilat, which abuts the border with Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula, AFP reported.

Media reports at the time said the deployment was related to unrest in Egypt's Sinai, where the army is waging a campaign to drive out militants.

Sixty people have reportedly been killed by militants attacking security checkpoints since Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

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Linda PV
11-08-2013 10:56am
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I'm Sorry
The US is in the middle of this. I apologize for the behavior of my country's government. They are using you and the people of the Middle East (actually all over the world) as pawns in a horrible game of weapons sales, drugs, oil, and death. Many of the people in the US are learning about these crimes against humanity and we are beginning to fight them to stop it. Help us here if you can. We need a steady stream of honest news from where ever you are. Thank you! Merci!
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Ordinary citizen from Southern Israel
11-08-2013 10:27am
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The right of self defence
I would like to disclose that I realy don't know who attacked the Jihadist's group in Sinai. It might be the Israeli air force but it could be the Egyptian army in it's strugle to restore order in Sinai. This is not the point ! As Egypt's official MENA news agency said " an explosion destroyed a rocket launcher set up near the border to launch attacks against Israel" So these people were not innocent and Israel has the full right to prevent, by force if necesseary, such attacks directed against innocent civilians. We in Israel like to see thriving Egypt near us but not at the expanse of our lives !
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Roger Politi
11-08-2013 08:36am
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Egypt denies Israeli involvment
And so what if FINALLY there is some cooperation between Israeli army and Egyptian army if it is in both countries interest. About time that some minds in Egypt start evolving and that we stop hearing all the time That Israel is the devil etc etc..If you dont start talking to your enemies to evolve to a better world, to whom should you speak to ? Hamas? Hesbolla? 60 years of war is not enough ? Should we not leave a better world to our children ? Up to Egyptians to decide of evolving or to carry on regressing...
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Mark
11-08-2013 12:46am
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5 down thousands to go
Two neighbouring countries, with peace treaty co-operating with boarder security: translation into Egyptian = CONSPIRACY.
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Hassan
10-08-2013 04:02pm
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A concerned Egyptian
This just shows that the new "government" of Egypt will protect Israeli citizens while it shoots Egyptians in the streets of Cairo. Is this the future of Egypt?
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Faraz
10-08-2013 03:53pm
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Egyptian Army, Jobe Role
Egypt security is no more Egyptian Army's responsibility or job role.They have focused on Corporate & Political affairs.Army needs in increase their GDP from 40% upward while their chief CC is aiming next Presidential elections,so let the Isreal take the job,they are our good and reliable friends.Why shouldn't we rely on them..?
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Hussein- Upper Egypt
11-08-2013 06:53am
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Israel-our ally-Islam-our enemy???????
Copts think that Israel is "our allies" and Muslims "our enemies" That sums up the entire game.
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Samir Hateb
10-08-2013 02:12pm
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i just want to say that
the brutality and moral degradation in the Sinai will eventually consume Cairo and Egypt itself
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hajrudin
10-08-2013 12:18pm
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more innocent lives
shame!
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Hasjji Nu'man
10-08-2013 04:44am
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Army good at murdering helpless Egyptian citizens
It seems the Egyptian army is good at murdering unarmed and helpless Egyptian citizens, not defending the country against criminal Israel. That sums up the whole issue.
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abdulrahman
12-08-2013 02:09am
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Egyptian Military Style of Democracy
Stop Insulting the Intelligence of Egyptians. The deeds of the Egyptians Military is well known by Egyptians and the world. They have been the tools of Egytian dictators of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. These dictators allowed the generals to shake legs and do 40% of Egypt's business and economy in return for their loyalty. The Islamist Morsi presidency did not appear promising for the military in business or politics. From the first day of Morsi's rule, the military conspire with the election losers to seize power. Noura and Hasjji are right.
Democracia
10-08-2013 06:07pm
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Insulting
To Noura and Hasjji: Unarmed and helpless Egyptian citizens, that"s what you call criminal jihadists? Killing it"s own people? If the army would do so, they would never even have allowed the 25. January revolution or it would have ended in a bloodbath. Utmost stupid comments, sorry to say. But without the army you would not be allowed to say your opinion freely until today. Your comments are as insulting as your memories are short....
Uzma
10-08-2013 11:33am
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Army is doing best
Dear Islamist,mentally kidnaped people, why do u hate Egyptian Army..? Our Army leased out Egypt security to Isreal because they don't have spare time for security.Are you blind, you dont see they are conroling 40% economy of the Egypt..? Dont you see they are very much in polictics..? Dont you see their Chief is preparing for next presidential elections..? Dont you see they are mush busy crashing protesters on the street..? Don't you they are teaching lession to civilian govenment and political leaders lessons on democracy.? Don't you they are busy in orgonizing political rallies in public squares.? Don't you see they busy controling media and TV chanels..??? You are Islamists are not loyal to Egypt as you are not loyal to Army and their chief.
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Noura
10-08-2013 12:43am
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Armed forces lie ...have no credibility
Statements by the Egyptian armed forces have absolutely no credibility. These people lie as often as they brreze. It is obvious that the Egyptian army is failing to defend Egypt as it is preoccupied with killing its own people.
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