(JNS.org) Egyptian authorities turned back more
than 100 Palestinians on their way to Mecca as part of their Hajj pilgrimage,
citing security reasons.
Reports say that the Egyptian military is considering military action inside Gaza if terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula continues. Egyptian aircraft have recently been conducting reconnaissance over Gaza.
“The Egyptian army does not believe the
population of Gaza is involved in the violence in Sinai, but certain factions
strongly support Sinai groups. The [smuggling] tunnels [connecting
Gaza and the Sinai] play a major role in the communication between both sides,” a senior Egyptian official told Ma’an News Agency.
Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, the Egyptian military has waged an
aggressive campaign against Islamic terror groups operating in the Sinai
Peninsula. Egypt blames Hamas, which is closely linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood, and other terror groups in Gaza for supporting the Sinai
terrorists. The military has destroyed several dozen Gaza smuggling tunnels and
has largely kept the border sealed.