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Report: Egypt Closes Gaza Border After Attack on Sinai Police Station

World  (tags: middle-east, Egypt, israel, palestine, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', violence, terrorism )

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An Egyptian security source said on Sunday the Rafah border crossing with Gaza had been closed indefinitely, the state news agency MENA reported, after an attack on a police station in Sinai killed at least 15 officers.

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Barbara P (1069)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 8:07 pm
Sadly noted!

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 7:30 am
To be correct, it was an attack on both Egyptian and Israeli targets.

Islamists don't know how to stop, their drive for virgins is too strong.

. (0)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 9:56 am
Welcome to the new democracy in Egypt.....

Kathleen B (37)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:37 pm
Another Israeli false flag - they are desperate to have the Sinai back, thinking that underneath there is oil and rare minerals etc. This follows the false flag attack on a Bulgarian bus that killed six Israeli tourists, which Israeli gov. immediately blamed on Iran & Hezbollah. So ask yourself 'who benefits?' Not the imprisoned Palestinians & the massacred Egyptians this is all to support future aggression on Iran.

Devon Leonar (54)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 5:15 pm
This sound disheartening.... We need true Peace makers...Peace rise up in every country..
Let all our voices ring out.......ENOUGH WAR!

Peace Monger (185)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 12:21 am
Bob A, please explain to how your statement above works with your philosophy as stated on your page-
"Respect others and expect respect in return."

I tend to think as others, this is a false flag designed to further destabilise the region by those who wish to control the resources. Think big, not as in radical fanatics, much larger than that.

Noted Barbara with thanks.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 2:26 am
Kate Bates. You made two ridiculous claims. Can you substantiate either of them from a reliable source? I very much doubt it.
Here's the latest news on the Sinai incident from Reuters.

Reuters) -" Egypt launched air strikes near its border with Israel on Wednesday and killed more than 20 suspected Islamic militants, in a crackdown on jihadists blamed for a deadly attack on Egyptian border police, an army official and eyewitnesses said."

You've got it all wrong, Kate. Israelis don't kill Israelis. It's Arabs who kill Arabs. More than 20000 dead Syrians
would confirm this if they could.

DORIS L (61)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 8:29 am
Peace in the Middle East is not meant to be...EVER. Sad but true.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 9:12 am
Peace monger, Islamists didn't mind killing 15 Egyptian soldiers to attack Israel.

I definitely do not like actions of the Islamists because they did not show "Respect others and expect respect in return." , which is one of my principles listed on my profile.

What exactly would you like me to explain?

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 11:31 am
I never trust politics of any country, especially not Great Britain, USA_Israel, Russia and China in that order. Out of those China will be the winner, GB,USA and Russia are desperately defending past glory of deception. Israel will sit in the background and try to manipulate any country, their economies and the money market as we have seen over the last 4 years.
Islamic nations are so confused about all this and their factions are fighting each other as always, falling for every trick that gets thrown at them. I am not able to prove who is at fault every time we have a new crisis. But lucky for the western world Islam gets sucked in every time and it looks like they are at fault. Of course the average citizen is supposed to hold up the flag and say I love my country no matter right or wrong.
My Dad told me when I was little, do not ever join a political party, no matter how innocent it looks at the time. The reason: he joined the NSDAP in the beginning (as you see I am of German background). He soon realized well before WW2 that things are not as they should be and left the party. After many house searches by the Gestapo he survived the war. His skills of designing aircraft electric devices saved his life and he advised me well to look after myself, God bless his soul, I respect his advice. But he also mentioned to think about who caused WW1&2 . Well , I figured that one out a long time ago. My best friend is Polish and he hates the British, he said they F....d us. So they did, the British sold eastern Poland to Stalin and Poland at the Victory parade in London was banned, just to please Stalin's CCCP. Britain got Poland to start WW2 and they deserted them big time. They should have treated them better. I am part Polish and don't even watch the London Olympic Circus.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 7:30 pm
The Palestine Chronicle. Now that's a reliable source Barbara. Who do you think you're kidding?

Stan B (123)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 2:39 am
Where's the name calling Barbara? You seem to inhabit a strange world where posting fallacious information from dubious sources is all the go. No wonder you don't want to debate.
Your original story was about the terrorist attack at the Gaza Border. You seem to have lost track of that and have to comment about events in World War 2 for some reason.
Here are the true facts from the pro-Arab BBC and I'm not wasting anymore of my valuable time on your Palestinian Chronicle version.

"The dangers of allowing ungoverned space, where militant groups have launched attacks on neighbouring Israel, ought to have been obvious to anybody in Cairo, but it was only the killing of 16 of their border guards on Sunday that finally prompted action.

The inhabitants of the Sinai Peninsula, notably some of its Bedouin tribes, are a heavily armed force that, it would seem, the military rulers of Egypt who had recently stood down were reluctant to challenge.

Now, in one of those bitter paradoxes of power in the Middle East, it has fallen to Mohammed Morsi, the recently elected president from the Muslim Brotherhood to clamp down on militants who claim Islamic legitimacy for their attacks.

It might be argued that Mr Morsi is the ideal man to take these wayward tribes in hand - since he has both a democratic mandate and some degree of backing from Egypt's religious establishment.

There is also a good deal of cynicism in Cairo about the tribes' professed religious motivations, since they are also widely believed to be involved in smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people.

Even so, Tuesday's raid on Touma, close to the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean Sea, may indicate the opening of a bloody new chapter for Sinai. The raid, in which helicopters fired missiles into the township, had an aspect of communal punishment about it, or reprisal for Sunday's loss of border guards.

Inevitably there will be some who want revenge against the security forces. Since the armed bands on the peninsula are thought to possess hundreds of light weapons, as well as technicals (pick-up trucks mounting heavy machine guns), and multiple rocket launchers they have considerable ability to cause trouble.

The bombing of several hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh in 2005 claimed 84 lives was blamed by security officials on elements within the same Bedouin tribes, claiming ties with al-Qaeda.

It underlines the degree to which the country's Red Sea tourist industry is vulnerable to reprisals.

More recently the Israelis have accused the same groups of several deadly attacks along their border with Egypt. These created great tension in an area that had been peaceful for decades, and prompted the Israelis to start building a barrier through the desert in an attempt to prevent more infiltration.

Today the Israelis have reacted with satisfaction to the new security crackdown, and have given their agreement to military reinforcements going into Sinai (as it required under the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries that sought to de-militarise the peninsula).

Mr Morsi meanwhile faces the accusation that has been used in the past against those who have taken similar measures, of acting as Israel's policeman.

The shooting of so many Egyptian soldiers at the weekend has allowed the president to present this action as a response to a challenge to national authority rather than an attack on Israel.

But the scope both for serious escalation in this violence and for political difficulties for the new president will make the Sinai Peninsula a key place to watch in coming months."
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