JERUSALEM – Egyptian forces yesterday caught terrorists associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization attempting to infiltrate Israel with explosive belts, Egyptian security sources told WND.
Four Palestinian members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s declared military wing, were arrested last night in the Egyptian Sinai desert, which has a long, unprotected border with Israel, said the sources. Also, Egypt arrested six Hamas terrorists, the sources said.
The captured Fatah Brigades and Hamas members were carrying explosive devices purportedly for use in suicide bombings. The Egyptian sources would not say whether the captured Palestinians were themselves planning to become bombers or if they were to hand the explosive devices to others to carry out suicide operations.
Earlier this week, two Palestinian suicide bombers infiltrated the Israeli Negev desert city of Dimona. One bomber exploded his suicide belt, killing one Israeli civilian and wounding 11 others, including one person who was critically wounded. A second suicide bomber was shot dead by security forced before he could detonate his explosive device immediately following the first suicide attack.
The two suicide bombers were believed to have crossed into Israel from Egypt after Gaza-based militants 13 days ago blew up the Gaza-Egypt border wall, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to stream into the Egyptian Sinai desert. Israel has a long border with Egypt, much of which is unprotected. Hamas has claimed the two bombers originated in the West Bank and not the Gaza Strip.
It was unclear whether the Fatah terrorists arrested by Egypt yesterday included two potential suicide bombers Israel says are attempting to infiltrate the Jewish state.
According to terrorist sources and Palestinian security officials in Gaza speaking to WND, when the Egypt-Gaza border was breached two weeks ago, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Hamas and several other terrorist organizations sent several suicide bombers with explosive belts into the Egyptian Sinai desert with instructions to attempt to infiltrate into Israel.
Yuval Diskin, chief of Israel’s Shin Bet Security Services, warned during a speech to the Knesset yesterday that some Palestinian terrorists who crossed into the Egyptian Sinai desert the past two weeks relocated themselves to form terror cells in strategic areas bordering Egypt.
The Shin Bet chief said Israeli intelligence is aware of at least 20 specific locations at the Israel-Egypt border currently in use by Palestinian terrorists in attempts to infiltrate the Jewish state to carry out attacks. He said security has been boosted at those locations, but he stressed the need for Israel to immediate construct a security fence along the entire border.
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