Timeline of Recent Incidents on the Sinai Border

 

September 21, 2012: Terrorists, including one wearing a suicide vest, attack Israeli soldiers building a security fence along the Egyptian border and try to enter Israel, but the Israeli army blocks them and kills the three attackers. One Israeli soldier is killed and another seriously injured.

August 5, 2012: Terrorists affiliated with “Global Jihad” kill 15 Egyptian security officers and steal two vehicles, using one to crash their way through the border. Israeli forces destroy the second vehicle inside Israel and kill the attackers. Egyptian sources say attackers had help from Jihadists in Gaza.

August 4, 2012: Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper publishes an article in which the governor of south Sinai, Maj. Gen. Khalid Fouda says Israeli warnings of pending attacks are rumors and that there are no terrorists cells in the Sinai.

August 3, 2012: U.S. State Department issues warning to American citizens to avoid travel in the Sinai due to kidnapping threats, saying “the danger of overland travel in the Sinai is significant.”

August 2, 2012: The Israeli government issues travel warning telling all Israelis to leave the Sinai, saying “terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip and additional elements are actively planning to perpetrate terrorist attacks, especially abductions, against Israeli tourists in Sinai in the immediate term.”

July 31, 2012: The State Department’s annual report on terrorism worldwide is released, saying that the situation in the vast and sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula has approached a crisis point.

July 25, 2012: Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniya meets Egyptian President Morsi in Cairo, who promised to ease conditions at the Egypt-Gaza border crossing where Israel knows illegal weapons are smuggled in to Gaza.

June 18, 2012: Terror cell attacks Israeli construction crew on Sinai border, killing one civilian. Responsibility for the attack is claimed by the radical Islamist militant group “Magles Shoura al-Mujhaddin.”

June 15, 2012: Two Grad rockets explode in southern Israel near Ovda and Ramon Crater; no damage.

April 5, 2012: Three rockets fired at Israel from Sinai explode in Eilat; no damage.

April 1, 2012: IDF troops kill an armed infiltrator at the border fence. Three IEDs on the border fence are diffused in the week before the attack.

March 15, 2012: Armed Bedouin end their week-long siege of the international peacekeeping force’s North Camp at al-Jora in the Sinai. They were pressing for the release of arrested fellow tribesmen.

March 15, 2012: IDF troops intercept armed infiltrators on the border. Three are captured after shots are fired from Egypt.

February 28, 2012: IDF troops exchange fire with armed infiltrators on the Sinai-Israel border. One attacker killed in an area where a week earlier another IED was diffused on the border fence.

August 18, 2011: Eight Israelis are killed on a desert border road near Eilat by gunmen who infiltrated from the Gaza Strip via Egypt's neighboring Sinai desert. Seven of the attackers are killed by Israeli forces and Egypt said five of its men died in the crossfire.


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