Egypt and the Threat of Islamic Terror – Shaul Shay
According to Israeli and Egyptian intelligence, most of the terror groups operating today in the Sinai Peninsula have an organizational base in Gaza. Some of the groups have weapons caches there, while others operate training camps. In addition, the Egyptian military has specific information indicating that members of prominent terror outfits, some affiliated with al-Qaeda, are hiding in Gaza.
What began as shooting attacks have now developed into suicide attacks and huge car bombings. The U.S. and the international community must support the Egyptian regime in the war against terror, to prevent the different radical Islamic groups from turning Egypt into a theater of jihad like they did in Syria. Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, a research associate at the BESA Center, is a former Deputy Head of the Israel National Security Council. (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University)
Report: Egypt Destroyed Hamas Arms Warehouses in Sinai(Times of Israel)
Hamas is believed by Egyptian authorities to have assisted in an intricate Muslim Brotherhood scheme, dating back to 2005, to take over Egypt and “terrorize” it, according to a criminal indictment issued against deposed Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi last month.
In recent months, Egyptian security forces destroyed a number of Hamas arms warehouses in Sinai, Israeli officials told The Times of Israel.
Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas of providing logistical support to terrorists who killed 16 people and injured more than 130 when a suicide car bomb exploded near the security directorate in Mansoura on Dec. 24.
He added that Muslim Brotherhood member Amer Mosaad has admitted receiving weapons training in Gaza.