Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

7 August 2012

Egypt: Israel Informed Nation of Rafah Attack Beforehand - Media Sources

Israel's Mossad received information about an imminent attack on the Egyptian borders last Friday and Israeli security bodies informed Egypt of it before the deadly Rafah attack that claimed the lives of 16 Egyptian soldiers occurred on Sunday night, Israeli Haaretz newspaper has reported.

The Israeli army intensified its security procedures and deployed more forces on the borders in anticipation of the attack, Haaretz stated.

Investigations of the Israeli army, reported by al-Masry al-Youm newspaper, revealed that the second vehicle used in the attack penetrated the Israeli borders for 15 minutes. Eight militants were on board of the vehicle which an Israeli helicopter shelled.

Israeli estimates show that the vehicle was on its way to execute a big suicide attack in one of the settlements in Eilat.

Israel will consider any Egyptian request to deploy more military forces in Sinai in an attempt to restore control in light of the Sunday attack, the Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper has stated.

The peace treaty Egypt and Israel signed in 1979 allows Egypt to deploy a limited number of Egyptian army forces in Sinai Peninsula which paves the way for outlaws to act taking advantage of the weak security presence.

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