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Report: Israel preparing for Red Sea attacks

Aug. 7, 2012 1:04 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 10:21 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is preparing for possible attacks against its ships and airplanes in the Red Sea, Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv said Tuesday.

Israel's military is hoping that the recent Sinai attack will force Egypt's army to act decisively against militant groups, but is preparing in case of any larger scale attacks against its ships and planes, Maariv reported.

Sinai Bedouins and international Islamist groups are likely to be involved in any future attacks, it added.

Israel's army also reportedly urged Egypt to do more to shut down smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza, claiming that Hamas could have prevented the attacks if it wanted.

Hamas implemented a series of security measures in the Gaza Strip on Monday after an attack in the Sinai left at least 16 Egyptian police officers dead.

All smuggling tunnels under the shared border were closed and extra security personnel were deployed along the border, deputy foreign minister of the Gaza government Ghazi Hamad told Ma'an.
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