Israeli Army Offers Egypt Help in Russian Plane Crash

Israel offers help in Russian plane crash in Egypt

FILE PHOTO: An Israeli soldier closes a gate that leads to the border fence between Israel and Egypt October 22, 2014. Credit: Reuters

IDF says it aided Egypt in its search for a Russian plane that crashed in Sinai, likely leaving over 200 dead

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Egypt declares emergency in northern Sinai

In this photo provided by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, holds an emergency meeting of the National Defense Council with top officials after an attack in the Sinai Peninsula, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. El-Sissi, the former defense minister and army chief who overthrew Morsi last year, declared a three-day mourning period. (AP Photo/MENA)

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Egypt — a country in mourning

In this file photo taken Sunday, November 17, 2013, murals depicting Egyptian activists who died in anti-government protests look through barbed wire on a wall at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Partial translation of the Arabic reads, ‘Glory to the martyrs, Abassiya, Tamarod.’ (photo credit: AP/Nariman el-Mofty, File)

A flurry of deadly incidents this week have touched a raw nerve in the nation’s psyche

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One killed in Cairo clash as Egypt violence spreads; Video

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus, after a suicide attacker drove his explosive-laden car into the bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, killing nearly a dozen and wounding dozens more, security and military officials said. (photo credit: AP/The Official Facebook Page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces)

Pro-Morsi university students fight police in capital, hours after Sinai bombing kills 11 off duty officers

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Egypt drafts plans to launch strikes on Gaza terror targets

Egyptian army soldiers stand guard on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, July 5, 2013. (Photo credit: AP/Hatem Moussa)

Egyptian army soldiers stand guard on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, July 5, 2013. (Photo credit: AP/Hatem Moussa)

Drones reportedly gathering intel on targets in Hamas-run enclave; Egyptian general says military losing patience with jihadists in Strip

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In the first threat of its kind, Egyptian security officials on Thursday warned that the military has drafted plans for attacking targets in the Gaza Strip, which are to be carried out should there be an escalation in violence against Egyptian forces in Sinai by terror groups operating from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory.

The warning came as masked gunmen shot and injured three Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai Peninsula Thursday morning. The commander of Egypt’s Second Army, General Ahmed Waasfi, said Wednesday that the Egyptian military’s patience with jihadists in the Gaza Strip was wearing thin.

Military sources told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that the new Egyptian plans call for attacks on specific targets in the Strip, and that Egyptian unmanned aerial vehicles recently overflew the territory and photographed a number of sites.

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Egypt: Security forces storm southern town

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FILE — In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Egyptian Christian villagers clean up the damaged ancient chapel inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt. Egyptian security forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters on Monday stormed a town south of Cairo that had been held for over two months by militants loyal to the ousted Islamist president, swiftly taking control despite some resistance from gunmen. (AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis, File) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — Security forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters on Monday stormed a town south of Cairo that had been held for over two months by militants loyal to the ousted Islamist president, swiftly taking control despite some resistance from gunmen.

The pre-dawn operation to retake Dalga in Minya province underlined the resolve of the military-backed government to go after Islamic militants behind a wave of violence in several parts of the country following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi in a popularly backed July 3 military coup. Minya in particular suffered a collapse of security, with militants torching and looting courthouses, churches, local government houses and police stations.

Army troops are also going after militants in the strategic Sinai Peninsula where attacks on security forces have grown more frequent, and deadlier, since Morsi’s ouster.

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Egypt announces full-scale assault on Sinai militants

Israel welcomes ‘impressive’ counter-terrorism campaign against insurgency that was sparked by Morsi’s overthrow

Crackdown on Sinai militants

Egyptian soldiers stand guard on a minaret in the border town of Rafah in the Sinai peninsula where the army has launched a crackdown on militants. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

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Egypt‘s army has announced a full-scale assault on militant areas in the restive northern Sinai desert, in what a senior Israeli official has approvingly called Egypt’s first-ever serious counter-terrorism campaign in the region.

Since July, militant Islamist groups in Sinai, the peninsular sandwiched between Egypt and Israel, have killed dozens of police and army officers in an insurgency sparked by anger at ex-president Mohamed Morsi‘s July overthrow. A Sinai-based cell also claimed responsibility for last week’s failed assassination attempt on Egypt’s interior minister, and the unrest has been used to justify a brutal state-led crackdown on more moderate and largely peaceful Morsi supporters in Cairo.

On Saturday, Egypt’s army said it killed 30 militants in an assault on 12 villages. Locals said the strikes involved six military helicopters and 50 soldiers going from house to house.

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El-Sissi’s army goes to war in the Sinai

A ferocious helicopter assault, and efforts to establish a security zone, underlines Egypt’s determination to ‘clean out’ the Gaza border area

An Egyptian Army vehicle with a tank heads to the closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza strip, in Sheikh Zuweyid, northern Sinai, Egypt, Monday, May 20, 2013 (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper)

An Egyptian Army vehicle with a tank heads to the closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza strip, in Sheikh Zuweyid, northern Sinai, Egypt, Monday, May 20, 2013 (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper)

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Tuesday morning’s bombing by Egyptian gunships of jihadi positions in the northeastern Sinai (town of Sheikh Zuweyid), which reportedly killed dozens, was only the latest in what is becoming a long line of aggressive steps taken by the Egyptian army against the terror groups in the peninsula. Far from the focus of world attention (which is largely devoted to Syria and the Palestinians), out of sight of B’Tselem and the rest of the human rights organizations, the army of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is putting heavy pressure on the terror groups there that identify with al-Qaeda.

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IDF deploys sixth Iron Dome battery

Newest missile-defense cannon first to be manned solely by reserves soldiers; six more Iron Domes planned

An Iron Dome battery deployed near Eilat, which came under fire last week. (photo credit: Flash90)

An Iron Dome battery deployed near Eilat, which came under fire last week. (photo credit: Flash90)

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ne day after a rocket was fired from Sinai toward Eilat, and amid mounting tension in Egypt, the IDF last Wednesday brought a sixth Iron Dome anti-missile battery online, boosting the country’s burgeoning air-defense array, it was confirmed Sunday.

The newest battery is the first to be operated solely by reserves soldiers and is part of a plan to introduce further reserves “one after another,” according to Col. Zvika Haimovitch, the commander of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Division’s Active Defense Wing.

 “This weekend we introduced an additional Iron Dome battery, based on reserves manpower, which will protect the citizens of Israel in times of emergency,” Haimovitch told the army’s weekly Bamahaneh magazine.

The short-range, air-defense system was first introduced in March 2011, after years of contemplation and deep-seated reluctance to both the concept and the notion of an expensive rocket-defense system.

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