Monday, August 27, 2012

Israel assassinates Islamic Jihad member in Egypt

A member of the Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad has been killed in an Israel drone attack inside Egypt, security sources say.

According Egyptian security sources in northern Sinai, Ibrahim Owida Nasser was hit by a missile fired by an Israeli drone on Sunday while riding his motorcycle in the Bedouin area south of the village of Al-Kasia, about 15 kilometers far from the Israeli-Egyptian border.

Nasser had been detained briefly last week as part of a sweeping military crackdown in the Sinai Peninsula. The crackdown came after gunmen killed 16 soldiers and injured many others in an attack on a border outpost on August 5.

Palestinian sources have quoted Egyptian officials as saying that Tel Aviv decided to carry out assassination drone attacks inside Egypt after Cairo failed to counter gunmen in the Sinai region near Egypt’s border with Israel and was forced to agree a deal with them.

Hundreds of Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israeli drone attacks in Gaza. But Israel's targeted killings in Egypt are almost rare.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 825 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli drone strikes in the Gaza Strip over the past five years.

The group also said that most of the victims had been targeted mistakenly or caught in the shrapnel shower resulting from the strikes.

On August 5, Eid Hijazi, a member of the Popular Resistance Committees, was killed in an Israeli drone attack in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Another person was also injured in the attack.

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