Egypt: Morsi Vows Harsh Response to Cowardly Rafah Attack

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The Rafah Border crossing on the border between Egypt and the Gaza (file photo).

President Mohamed Morsi has stressed on Monday 6/8/2012 that there is no way that the cowardly Rafah border attack will go unpunished, vowing a strong response to this criminal act.

In a statement following the deadly attack on a Rafah border checkpoint that left 16 Egyptian officers and soldiers dead, Morsi said he gave clear-cut orders to the security and military leadership to fully extend their control over Sinai and to hunt down the perpetrators of this act where ever they are.

"Those who carried out the attack and whoever is cooperating with them will pay dearly," he said. "Everyone will see how the Armed Forces and police are capable of hunting down those criminals".

The blood of those officers and soldiers who were killed while having their Iftar banquet will not be wasted, the president stressed, saying all care will be given to the wounded.

Following the attack, the president held an urgent meeting with the Armed Forces leadership, the prime minister, the interior minister and the intelligence chief.

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