31 Egyptian Soldiers Are Killed as Militants Attack in Sinai – David D. Kirkpatrick
(dailyalert.org, Oct. 27, 2014)
Two attacks on Egyptian military positions in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday killed at least 31 soldiers. At least 28 others were wounded. The target of the first attack was a heavily guarded army checkpoint near the town of Sheikh Zuwaid. A car bomb initially killed as many as 18 soldiers. Then, when soldiers rushed to the scene, armed men opened fired, killing at least 10 more. The second attack occurred three hours later in El Arish, where militants opened fire and killed three more soldiers. (New York Times)
See also Egypt: Palestinian Militants Involved in Sinai Attacks– Mohamed Hassan Shaban
Friday’s attacks on Egyptian army posts in northern Sinai were carried out by Palestinian militants, a senior Interior Ministry official saidSaturday. Maj. Gen. Sameeh Beshadi said there was “no doubt that Palestinian elements had taken part in the attacks….All the big terrorist operations which have taken place in North Sinai in the last few years involved well-trained Palestinian elements.” (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
See also Egypt to Set Up Buffer Zone with Gaza
Egypt is preparing to set up a buffer zone of between 1.5 and 3 km. with Gaza, Egypt’s Al-Youm al-Sabaa daily reported Saturday. According to a report in the Egyptian Al-Ahram cited by Israel Radio, the perpetrators of the attack in Sinai on Friday that left over 30 Egyptian soldiers dead had infiltrated from Gaza. (Times of Israel)
Egypt Postpones Talks on Gaza in Wake of Sinai Attack– Jack Khoury (Ha’aretz)
Egypt has postponed the indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in the wake ofFriday’s attack in Sinai, Hamas official Khalil Al-Haya said Sunday.
The postponement of the talks means a continued delay in the flow of construction materials into Gaza.