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Egypt: Attacks on Israel will not be launched from Sinai

Dec. 26, 2010 2:11 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2010 3:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – An Egyptian security source in the northern Sinai Peninsula denied Israeli claims that Hamas is using the area for the production and storage of weapons that will be aimed toward Israel.

The source told the London-based Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat on Sunday morning, that "Egypt’s strict security measures at the borders with the Gaza Strip prevents storage of fighting equipment in Sinai.”

He said security checkpoints each hundred meters along the Egyptian border city of Rafah in addition to guards along the border line, keep the area weapon free. Dozens of officers remain stationed close to the Sinai to provide emergency back-up when necessary, he added, in an effort to prevent the smuggling of weapons into the area.

"Egypt will never accept that its territories be used for launching missiles at Israel," he said, adding that Hamas realizes this so they "would not take the risk."

In August, a Jordanian citizen was killed and three others were injured when at least one rocket struck the seaside resort of Aqaba. A second projectile landed in the Red Sea near the Israeli port city of Eilat.

Egyptian officials told Ma'an at the time that the deadly rocket attack on Jordan and Israel was launched by a Palestinian faction with the help of Egyptian operatives.
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