EL-ARISH – Egypt – AP – Agencies – Kawther Salam – Egyptian security officials say they have seized two tons of explosives headed to the Sinai Peninsula from Cairo. The explosives were seized in the main Suez Canal transport tunnel that links Egypt to the Sinai. The truck driver is being questioned. ز
Egyptian security officials searched a truck driving from Cairo towards Sinai, and found one ton of explosives hidden inside. The contents were seized and the driver taken for questioning.
On Friday, Egypt seized two tons of explosives being transported from Cairo to the restive Sinai Peninsula. Police received a tip-off that smugglers were taking the cargo through the Ahmad Hamdi tunnel under the Suez Canal.
It was revealed that the driver told the police that he was taking the shipment to a smuggler in Ras Sudr, on the west shore of the Sinai. In January, Egypt seized six anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets in the Sinai Peninsula.
My source from Cairo who requested anonymity stated that the Egyptian security forces have recently had successes in several operations carried out through Sinai Peninsula. They gathered large quantities of the smuggled weapons and ammunition out of the hands of Wahhabi and radical Salafis Terrorist groups.
According to the same source, the state security has threatened terrorists who hide themselves in the desert of Sinai to leave. The source stated that the terrorists are a group of outsiders, “Wahhabis” of Saudi origin, radical Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood elements who infiltrated illegally into sovereign territory of Egypt, in Sinai Peninsula. They all will be killed if they do not return to where they came from.
The sources said that most of the terrorists in Sinai had been eliminated during the Egyptian army Operation “Al-Nisser” “The Eagle” which was stopped following the instructions of the current Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi.
The US had told President Morsi to end the operation after the israelis protested against the presence of the Egyptian army in Sinai. The israelis saw the operation as a violation of the Camp David agreement signed between Egypt and israel which does not allow the presence of the Egyptian army in Sinai.
According to my source, the security demanded that all the terrorists in Sinai steer free of Egyptian territory and return to where they came from, in the same way as they entered Sinai, whether they entered from the Gaza Strip or from other crossing and locations, their only alternative being to face death. They are ALL wanted, surrounded and under the eyes of the Egyptian security.
The Palestinian Hamas figures in Gaza distanced themselves from the terrorist’s attacks in Sinai. The Palestinians accused the Israeli intelligence “Mossad” of helping the terrorists to carry out the attack against the Egyptian army.
Operation Eagle was an Egyptian military campaign in the Sinai Peninsula that was launched in August 2011 to confront the Sinai terrorists. The campaign was aimed against the Islamist terrorists, who had been attacking the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai. Another operation named “Operation Sinai” against the terrorists was continued in 2012.