Monday, August 6, 2012

Morsi promises strong response to Sinai attack

Morsi promises strong response to Sinai attack


GAZA, (PIC)-- Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi vowed on Sunday to respond strongly to the attack on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai that left at least 16 of them dead.
"Those who were martyred in this attack as they were breaking their fast during this holy month of Ramadan, those martyrs, their blood will not go in vain," Morsi said.

The president held an urgent meeting with senior military and security officials to address the situation and discuss the appropriate response to the attack.
In this regard, the Egyptian authorities, following the attack, closed the Rafah border crossing and halted all travel activities until further notice.
A security official at Rafah crossing told the Palestinian information center (PIC) on condition of anonymity that the Egyptian authorities informed their counterparts in Gaza and the Palestinian government of its decision to close the crossing.
Unknown masked gunmen launched a sudden attack on an Egyptian security center at twilight yesterday in Rafah city, north of Sinai, killing and injuring dozens of Egyptian soldiers and seizing two of their armored vehicles, according to different news reports.
For his part, former Egyptian intelligence official and military expert Safwat Al-Zayyat stated that the events taking place every once in while at the Egyptian borders with Gaza are an Israeli plot aimed at driving a wedge between Egypt and Gaza.
Zayyat told the PIC that Israel wants to destabilize the situation in Egypt and undermine the improving relations between Egypt and Gaza especially following the visit of senior Hamas officials to Cairo and their meetings with the Egyptian president.
He said all indicators confirm Israel's involvement in this operation, including the evacuation of its employees at nearby Karm Abu Salem crossing a few hours before the attack happened.