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Fredagens angep på en militærpost i det nordlige Sinai der 31 egyptiske soldater ble drept er det alvorligste på flere tiår. Angrepet vil få politiske og sikkerhetsmessige konsekvenser, i Egypts forhold til Gaza og samarbeid med Israel. Begge land har nå felles fiende.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sier operasjonen var utenlands-styrt og finansiert.

Det var et komplisert og planlagt angrep:

Militants launched a complex assault on the checkpoint Friday that involved a car bomb possibly detonated by a suicide attacker, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs placed to target rescuers.

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In thundering remarks delivered before cameras ahead of a military funeral for the slain troops, el-Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating. He vowed to take drastic measures to uproot the militants and said Egypt is engaged in an “extensive war” that will last a long time.
“There is a big conspiracy against us,” he said while standing with army commanders ahead of the funeral.

Det muslimske brorskap sendte ut en melding som kan tolkes som at de er på terroristenes side.

A Muslim Brotherhood alliance issued a statement on Friday offering sincere condolences to the “families of the martyrs and victims of the treacherous coup.”

It said the soldiers were killed in a “new massacre added to the black record of the military junta that has thrown the army into the political arena and put the Sinai under siege, isolation and schemes of displacement.”

 

Al-Sisi ledet et møte i Det øverste militærrådet lørdag hvor man ble enig om å slå hardt ned på terroren.

The Council issued a statement reaffirming the armed forces’ “determination to eradicate terrorism from this precious part of Egypt.”

“The Council agreed on a plan formulated by the armed forces to combat terrorism in Sinai and other strategic areas,” the statement said without elaboration.

Det kan vanskelig bety noe annet enn at Israel og Egypt har samme fiende.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/foreign-hands-behind-sinai-attack-say-egypts-leader/