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Egypt denies rockets fired at Eilat came from Sinai

Egypt's armed forces denies that rockets fired at the Israeli city of Eilat were fired from Egyptian territory

Ahmed Eleiba, Wednesday 17 Apr 2013
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Israeli security investigates the scene of a rocket attack in Eilat, Israel, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Major General Alaa Ezzedine, head of Egypt's Strategic Centre of the Armed Forces, denied that rockets had been fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula into the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat.  

Ezzedine said that Israel was responsible for determining the location from which the rockets were fired, arguing that such an incident proved the "failure" of Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, recently deployed around Eilat, which did not intercept the rockets.

He told Ahram Online that the Egyptian armed forces were currently working on a strict plan aimed at stopping "law breakers" located Sinai.  

"The plan includes intensifying the movements of military patrols in sites which jihadists have taken advantage of in the past, along with providing more weapons for the existing ambushes," Ezzedine said.

"Egypt owns the capabilities required for knowing who fired the rockets and from which point; based on our radar systems, we confirm that no rockets were launched from inside Egyptian territory."

Ezzedine referred to the "well-established" relationship that the armed forces enjoys with the heads of local tribes, who are currently keen on assisting the military by "drying up the sources" of jihadist operations in Sinai through the demolition of tunnels into the neighbouring Gaza Strip. 

Moreover, Ezzedine denied any linkages between the Eilat attacks and the recent explosions in the US city of Boston.

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17-04-2013 09:24pm
Major General Alaa Ezzedine shifting responsibility
Major General Alaa Ezzedine is saying two things: 1) Israel is responsible for determining where the rockets came from. 2) The Iron Dome has failed. With regard to the first point, Israel indeed determined that the rockets were launched from the Sinai, but Major General Ezzedine does not like that finding and prefers to denies responsiblity. In his second point, he seems to be saying that since Israel has installed the Iron Dome, Egypt should no longer worry about rockets from the Sinai into Israel. It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood's Egypt has given up on controlling the Sinai and therefore decided to do what Hamas has been trying to do and avoids responsibility for rockets from Gaza. This is a dangerous game; if Egypt cannot establish control of the Sinai then it should return the Sinai back to Israel; this new approach where Egypt only cares about attacks on its forces at the Sinai but not about rockets into Israel is not acceptable.
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17-04-2013 03:36pm
better say nothing than deny
There are so many times that Egyptian officals deny something and then it turns out to be true that the world at large is stopping to pay heed to Egypt's claims and pretentions to be a normal state anymore. If you constantly lie or hide the truth do not expect others to treat you seriously.
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