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Egypt's military chief El-Sisi gives condolences to families of slain soldiers

General El-Sisi was shown on state television comforting the families of soldiers killed in a bomb attack on Wednesday

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Ahram)
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Defence Minister and Chief of the Armed Forces chief General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended his condolences to the families of the victims of a suicide attack in North Sinai which killed 11 soldiers on Wednesday morning.

In recorded and later televised comments, delivered upon the arrival on Wednesday evening of the slain soldiers' caskets at Almaza military air-base in Cairo, El-Sisi said that the attack would only increase the [government's] determination to fight back against those who use weapons against the military, the police and the state.

"People should know we are all ready to die in order for Egypt to stay alive," he said.

Early Wednesday, a bomb-laden car collided with a bus, part of a military convoy, on the road between Al-Arish and Rafah in North Sinai. Eleven off-duty soldiers were killed in the explosion, while 37 were injured.  Seven of the injured are in a critical condition.

General El-Sisi was shown on state TV comforting the fallen soldiers' families, accompanied by Egypt's army chief of staff Lieutenant General Sedki Sobhi and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim.

"We do not fear, because we know if we fall while defending our country we will be martyrs; we will stand like martyrs in front of God," said El-Sisi.

The restive peninsula has seen a surge in attacks blamed on Islamic militants that targeted security in almost daily assaults since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi. Attacks on security and army targets in the Sinai region have killed tens of personnel since July.

Wednesday's attack is the bloodiest since mid-August when gunmen killed 25 police conscripts in an ambush on a security convoy in Rafah.

"Everyone who used weapons against the military and the police is a terrorist who want to crush his own people. We are there to fight this and be killed for this aim," El-Sisi said.

Dozens of militants have been killed since the army began a campaign to flush out "terrorists" and seize or destroy arms caches in the Sinai region.

"God only knows the pain in our souls," El-Sisi said in ending his speech.

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21-11-2013 01:45pm
Only Justice will end this crisis!
Only justice for the thousands that have been murdered by Sisi, the release of the tens of thousands who have been wrongfully jailed and the reinstatement of our constitution and our president can save Egypt! Justice=Peace.
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21-11-2013 01:42pm
Is this article a joke?
Everyone who used weapons and fire against the innocent civilians of Egypt's massacres at Haris Al Gamhoori, Rab3a Al Adawiyya, Nahda, Ramsis square Al Fath masjid ETC. is a terrorist! Sisi murdered 3-6000 souls and even tried to hide the evidence by burning them!!! What comes around goes around Sisi. Your time will end!
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21-11-2013 06:53am
Blood shed
Killings, deaths, attack, firing, bomb, wounds, torture , street fights, arrests , these are the commonly used words and topics of Egyptian Society now. Every one is talking for more blood no one seems to think rationally where Egypt is heading to….? Does violence and blood can bring stability, peace and prosperity in the country or Blood and violence will bring more blood and more violence..? We should learn lesson from Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq..? Do we want Egypt should be a new Iraq and Afghanistan..? If USA despite of being a military Might and financial resources had to leave Iraq and Afghanistan after years of war & millions of deaths can Egypt ready to follow the same line..? You can fight against an Army, against weapons but you can’t fight suicide bombers. If our ruling leaders and politician insist to continue their path of repression and marginalizing the opponents with State power madly and blindly then ready for such attacks. If you push someone to the wall or take its right of existence then you are fool to expect flowers from the opposite direction. Still we have time to save the Egypt becoming another Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Tammi Gamal
21-11-2013 12:29am
He is guilty of mass murder
He is responsible for the death of thousands of people. Their spirits will haunt him until the last day of his life.
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21-11-2013 08:25am
Read the history of MB,they are terrorist.

Hanna Morqus
20-11-2013 10:41pm
Only a political solution would save Egypt
He is not telling the truth. He started the violence and he can't stop it. America and Nato couldn't conquer the resistance of Taliban in Afghanistan. Likewise, Sisi can't do much. Only a political solution with the Islamists could save Egypt from imminent demise.
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21-11-2013 02:28am
I always believe, if you want to know the future... look into the past! The Muslim brotherhood and the terrorists that hide in it's shadows will be crushed in the same way that they were crushed by previous presidents of Egypt. They in the past also believed they could win... but they also failed, this time will be no different. The terrorists will not win, i guarantee it!
21-11-2013 01:57am
The Muslim brotherhoods well known history
It's a long history of crime, and terrorism, against the Egyptian people. Fortunately for decades they were mostly behind prison doors. THAT WAS the only solution that ever worked. Sisi should strike hard and relentlessly to eradicate this cancer.
21-11-2013 12:09am
You are living in a dreamland, dear Hanna....

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