Israeli air strike yields two dead terrorists

The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed on August 5 that an air strike carried out by the nation’s air forces killed at least two individuals who belonged to what was described as a targeted terror cell in southern Gaza, which is administered by the Palestinian Authority. The IDF described the attack as a “surgical air strike” that was carried out by the air forces in cooperation with the Shin Bet security agency of Israel. The strike took place near the town of Rafah, which is close to Gaza’s border with Egypt.

One of those killed was Ahmad Sa’id Ismail (22) of Tafah Gaza. According to the IDF, he had been active in terrorist activities coordinated in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula. In a statement, the IDF said that Ismail had taken part in the June 18 shooting of an Israeli citizen working on the security fence on Israel’s southern border with Egypt. The Israeli was killed in the assault. Ismail was since plotting another attack on Israelis in the area of the Sinai border, and was counting on the cooperation of 19-year-old Eid Nadi Uchal. Both of them were killed by the Israeli air strike on August 5.  Local media quoted  Palestinian Authority sources  who indicated that at least one member of the dead pair had belonged to the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist organization.

It is feared the Palestinian terrorist organizations will now respond with rocket attacks on Israel in retribution for the Israeli air strikes.

A senior Hamas terror official , Razi Hamad, said over the August 4-5 weekend that the connection between Gaza and Egypt has grown stronger since the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Hamad added that the regime of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had a 'negative' attitude towards Hamas. He also asserted the Mubarak government chose to remain neutral when Israel attacked Gaza terrorists. Hamad implied the new Egyptian regime might not remain quiet in the wake of such incidents in future.

 In a sign of cooperation between the new government of Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, Egypt  eased its visa requirements for Gazans under the age of 40 who wish to travel to Egypt through the Rafiah border crossing into the Sinai Peninsula. Israel has since issued a warning against tourism in the Sinai Peninsula. Among the popular tourist sites in the region is Mount Sinai, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths, and also the Orthodox Christian monastery of St Catherine. Both of these receive thousands of religious pilgrims each year. The official alert came following the release of Hisham Sa’idmi – a terrorist who has been linked to Al Qaeda. The Israeli warning noted, "Terrorist organizations in Gaza and other elements are actively planning to perpetrate attacks, especially abductions, against Israeli tourists in Sinai in the very near future.”

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.


What the Vatican synod says and doesn't say about the human family

A dismissive tone can be discerned in on-the-record statements made by Austrian Cardinal Kasper's remarks about the insistence of African prelates on the traditional definition of Chritian marriage and sexuality.

Vatican synod on the family: a stream of consciousness

A 'revolutionary' document has emerged midway in the Vatican synod on the family that has left prominent Catholic commentators stunned and confused.

In reversal, Liberian president says ebola has brought country to standstill

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pens letter to the world: This disease respects no borders.

Liberia: Ebola keeps Christians away from church

US health officials contradict President Obama's assurances that Ebola cannot be contracted by sitting adjacent to another person on a bus.

U.S. military can't stop Ebola contagion from Latin America

Marine Corp Gen. John Kelly expressed fears that human traffickers bringing illegal immigrants to the U.S. will also bring Ebola.

Obama has 'given up' on the United States

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, doing the rounds to tout his new memoir, suggested that President Obama approaches problems like a law professor.

This page took 0.1328seconds to load