Egyptian security: Mossad agents entered Sinai
Published Sunday 02/09/2012 (updated) 04/09/2012 09:24
Israeli soldiers stand atop an Armored Personnel Carrier at the Kerem
Shalom crossing, a military zone where the borders of Israel, Egypt and
Gaza intersect, and where an Egyptian military vehicle that was seized
by Islamist gunmen tried to storm the border into Israel on August 8,
2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Four Israeli Mossad officers infiltrated Egyptian territory last week, reportedly to carry out an assassination operation, Egyptian security sources told Ma'an.
It is the first time Israeli officials have infiltrated Egyptian territory since the 1979 peace treaty between both countries, security sources highlighted.
The Mossad agents were reportedly planning to carry out an assassination operation against Jihadist militants involved in the killing of Israeli tourists.
Investigations by Egyptian security forces show that Mossad agents entered over 15 kilometers into the Egyptian Sinai, accompanied by two Bedouins, with footprints and car tracks being found.
An Egyptian militant was killed in the Sinai peninsula last Sunday, Egyptian security sources said, but conflicting accounts were given of his death.
An Egyptian security official told Ma'an that the militant was believed to be involved in an attack on the Israeli border and suspected of involvement in a deadly assault on an Israeli tourist bus.
The intelligence report suggested Israel might have started an assassination campaign targeting armed Salafis in Sinai.