You might almost think that President Morsi had terrorist connections, but the New York Times tells me that’s impossible because he’s the first democratically elected president of Egypt.
As the death toll rises in clashes between Egypt’s army and pro-Morsi protesters, Muslim Brotherhood-linked Gaza terrorists are infiltrating the Sinai to attack Egyptian army outposts.
Although the army has sealed at least 50 tunnels in the past two weeks, hundreds remain open and active under the border between Egypt and Gaza.
A senior Egyptian official told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday that at least 150 Izz a-Din al-Qassam operatives – members of the Gaza-based Hamas military wing – were seen heading into Sinai via the tunnels. “They were wearing uniforms associated with the military police before joining jihadists in Sinai, the source was quoted as saying.
Egyptian army forces also told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that 14 members of jihad groups were arrested in Sinai on Sunday during an operation in El-Arish. Army sources told the news agency that among those arrested was one Palestinian Authority terrorist who allegedly confessed that he intended to cooperate with other jihadists in Sinai in order to assassinate Egyptian army soldiers.
There were similar reports during the original revolution and some in Egypt say that Hamas was instrumental in breaking Morsi and other top Muslim Brotherhood members out of prison.