High alert along Israel-Egypt border

2011-12-05 16:16

Jerusalem - Israeli troops were on very high alert along the southern border with the Egyptian Sinai on Monday over fears a cell of gunmen had crossed the border into southern Israel, said a security source.

The state of alert was based on "intelligence information about a cell of terrorists planning an attack" on a road which runs close to the border in the southern Negev desert, the source said.

The alert has been in place since Saturday, when the military contacted their Egyptian counterparts to pass on the information they had, he said.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the state of alert, saying only that the military "deploys its troops in accordance with ongoing security assessments".

An education ministry spokesperson said school parties had been "reminded not to go to the border area" in compliance with an order which was put in place following a deadly cross-border attack in the area in August.

During that attack, gunmen infiltrated southern Israel from Sinai and carried out a co-ordinated series of shooting ambushes on buses and cars on route 12, which runs along the Egyptian border some 20km north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

The attacks took place over several hours, leaving eight dead and more than 25 wounded.

  • Malcolm - 2011-12-05 16:46

    When will the Arabs leave Israel in peace. Israel's desire is simply to be left alone in their tiny country and they will not disturb anyone. Yet the Arabs, in general, refuse to allow Israel to exist, rather murdering innocent men women and children to cause untold misery. It is patently clear that if Arabs stop attacking Israel peace will be created naturally.

      jeff.brodie1 - 2011-12-05 17:05

      Exactly Malcolm- As simple as that!

      Jaba - 2011-12-05 17:31

      I will explain Malcolm: Muslims sometimes claim that the root word of Islam is “al-Salaam,” which is “peace” in Arabic - but that is a myth. An Arabic word only has one root. The root word for Islam is “al-Silm,” which means “submission” or “surrender.” There is no disagreement about this among Islamic scholars. al-Silm (submission) does not mean the same thing as al-Salaam (peace), otherwise they would be the same word. In truth, the Quran not only calls Muslims to submit to Allah, it also commands them to subdue people of other religions until they are in a full state of submission to Islamic rule. This has inspired the aggressive history of Islam and its success in conquering other cultures. The above explanation is the ONLY reason why Israel is attacked over and over again, even though there is no provocations (only Arab propaganda & violence). The West and Islam or on a collision course - look at the number of ongoing conflicts around the world and you will understand why (as in this case) Israel will NEVER enjoy "peace"

      Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-05 20:53

      Ahah ah ,@ jaba. what a joke !! A bloodshed and funky jewish person like you cant interperate the verses of the holy QURAN.. You cant explain it what goes with your desire. And take into account that violence and oppresion never solved anything in human history.

      Barry - 2011-12-05 21:01

      I would say "When will Israel leave the Middle East in peace. Israel is the provocateur. Not happy with destroying Palestine, then they want to attack Iran and now Egypt. No wonder Israel is slowly but surely getting of of favor with the west. Even the USA, broke as it is, has had enough of Israel

      Martin - 2011-12-05 21:19

      @Caaqil, Jaba is right. If you're interested, which I doubt you are, visit the following site and be educated:

      Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-05 22:31

      @ martin ,would wanna persuade me that israilis are indiginuos people for that holy land , dont you read the history of the past nations ,fathers abraham used to stay in babil, iraq ,then he immigrated to holly land ,jerusalam now, so who was living in the land before abraham arrive in there ... it was palastians bcos are not arabs originally .,.

  • Ismail - 2011-12-05 17:58

    It's so strange how News24 moderators removes comments of some people because its apparently offensive, yet they allow asses like you to say what you like, even if it's offensive, insulting others' religion and character. Wow, so much for freedom of speech hey......

      Adam - 2011-12-05 18:16

      ismail what he just said isnt hate speech, its one of the key foundations of islam. dont pretend like he just made that up

      Jaba - 2011-12-05 18:59

      I don't mean to offend Ismail... but if you take offence in truth than i can't help that. let me ask you one question, what do all of these recent or ongoing conflicts below have in common? Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, Indonesia, Gaza, Kashmir, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Chechnya, Serbia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, etc. Salam

      Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-05 20:35

      Jaba, what a cheap propagand you spread ,the fact is that all these problems in islami world, are obviously created by your notorious jewish killers and their traitor and followers(dictators), so let us see what is gonna happen democracy prevailed in middle east !?!.

      Martin - 2011-12-05 21:20

      @Caaqil, seems like you're buying the cheap Islamic propaganda.

      Anwar - 2011-12-06 11:02

      They love to hide the truth and the media is the biggest bunch of lies ever and the world accepts is as truth cos we have been desensitized from the truth. Translation of one of the chapters of Quran and it relates direclty to non believers "Say (O Mohammed(Peace be upon him)to these hypocrites and disbilievers): (disbelievers in God, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, and in the Power, etc.)! I worship not that which you worship Nor will you worship that which I worship\ And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping Nor will you worship that which I worship To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)" The last verse clearly states that each one to his own religion, there is no "order" to subdue people to revert back to Islam. So Jaba and crew, get your facts straight before posting ignorant unfounded nonsense. So if you have any intelligence you will have the decency of researching reading the quran from cover to cover before you make any stupid comment. I invite you read it before you make any false claims. Open your eyes people the world is a decieving place and we have fallen into the trap of this sytem of control.

      Garth - 2011-12-06 11:29

      @ anwar - really enjoy the part where you state: ` . . . there is no "order" to subdue people to revert back to Islam.' As if your false prophet was the first and as if islam was the first of all religions. It is a contrived religion only 1300 years old. Even that farce christianity is older than that! And as for the half-brain above, yes you cm, read something other than that sheep-herder's book. Pity poor Israel - years of peace with moderates, now facing total onslaught again.

      Anwar - 2011-12-06 12:14

      @Garth , your statement just shows howe little your brain is and that there is no more room in it for comprehension. Fact: as Muslims we believe in and follow all divine revelation, including the Original Bible and Torah and Zaboor (not the manufactuired versions that exist in the world today) There is only one God and only one religion. From the time of Adam the message has been and will always be the same, Judhaism and Christianity have come about because people have strayed from the truth. Wake up sleepy head, get your head out of that buffalo's ass..hahaha

  • Anwar - 2011-12-06 10:30

    This article is vague.. nowhere does it identify the religious background of these "Gunmen" ( if there are any as we know the media is prone to fabrications. Judging by the repsonses we can see the success in the media's propoganda to associate terrorism and violence with Islam and they continue to propogate myths about Islam and the World is so gullable. @Jaba, donot attempt to spread a lie about the the Quran as what you speak is not from Quran. You promote hatred towards Islam and its followers in your ingnorant statement. There is no compulsion in Islam for non believers to become believers. Get your facts straight before you regurgitate your nonsense to the public.

      Garth - 2011-12-06 11:35

      You really are very one-eyed. `. . . media's propoganda to associate terrorism and violence with Islam . . .'. I do not think that we need the media for violence and terrorism to be associated with islam. Ever since that sheep-herder emerged from the desert with his rational thought clouded by visions, muslims have been on a path of death to whom-so-ever is not a muslim. Refute that.

      Anwar - 2011-12-06 11:59

      @Garth, your are truly a lost soul.. i will pray for you..hahaha.

      Garth - 2011-12-06 12:51

      I must apologise to the rest of this forum for answering this puerile, naive, ignorant fool, but I am not able to resist: Do you, in all of your infinite wisdom, truly believe that your islam was around before Judaism or Christianity? Or that people had heard of your prophet before Egyptian, Greek or Roman mythology, before Jainism - should I continue?

      Anwar - 2011-12-06 13:00

      Dont apologise for stupidity.. we understand that you are ignorant. Your ignorance is revealed in your words.. "infinite wisdom" .. which no human posseses . Only God has this level of knowledge. Again your questions just prove to me your ignorance andlack of knowledge.. i think you need to go back and start at the beginning No use arguing with a fool Take care man. Have fun learning the truth

  • Anwar - 2011-12-06 10:53

    News 24 se gat

      Adam - 2011-12-07 16:57

      honestly wake up and smell the islamic hostility. to all the people that go on about israel is the war maker and america is run by jews.... seriosly can you get any more pathetic? just because you 3rd world freaks have never seen a multi cultural society where human rights is abouve all else dousnt mean its evil. why the hell should any person take a leaf our of your book? you kill one another with bombs hidden in korans and pretend like ure holy people what a joke

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