Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Hamas Attacks Egypt In Cross Border Attacks; 1 Dead

Once again, Hamas is trying to make friends and influence people with violence. They've again taken on the Egyptian government by attacking Egyptian border posts. Egyptian security returned fire, but not before an Egyptian security guard was killed.
The Egyptian state news agency said Palestinians shot and killed the border guard who was in a observation tower overlooking the frontier. Nine other guards were injured by stones.

Hamas had called for a protest earlier over the delay of an international aid convoy at the nearby Egyptian port city of El-Arish, but soon lost control of the situation as hundreds of youths began hurling rocks across the border at the guards.

Hamas police fired shots to disperse the crowd and shots were also heard from the Egyptian side the border. Palestinian health official Moawiya Hassanein said the Palestinian injuries were from gunfire and tear gas.

The incident follows a late night clash between international pro-Gaza activists and Egyptian security clashed at the nearby Mediterranean port of El-Arish when Egypt refused to allow part of the convoy to enter its territory and move on to Gaza.
In many ways, this is reminiscent of the events in 2007 and 2008, when Hamas invaded Egypt's Sinai by destroying the barrier wall, which was made up of the kind of steel sheet pile that Egypt is now using to thwart construction of underground smuggling tunnels. Then, the Hamas terrorists not only used acetylene torches to cut through the barriers, but planted explosives to blow multiple segments of the barrier to allow hundreds of thousands of Gazans to run into Sinai to claim what goods they could before Egypt could reestablish control.

Now, Hamas engages in the same kinds of activities that they normally reserve for Israel. They send stone throwing teens to incite return fire from security forces while terrorists with firearms are hiding to take potshots at an opportune moment.

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