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Israeli shelling kills 2 Palestinians in eastern Jabaliya
Officials deny presence of ISIL fighters in Gaza, Sinai
Published Sunday 29/06/2014 (updated) 29/06/2014 22:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Both Egyptian and Palestinian officials denied on Sunday the presence of any fighters affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Gaza Strip and the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.

In Gaza, spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Interior Iyad al-Buzm said that earlier claims by an Egyptian security source that 15 fighters affiliated with the Wahhabi militant movement had entered Sinai from the Gaza Strip via smuggling tunnels were "false and baseless."

"These were lies and fabrications," he said, "seeking to defame the Gaza Strip."

Al-Buzm said all smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip had been destroyed by the Egyptian army, making such a journey impossible.

The spokesman added that Palestinian national security forces are deployed along the borders with Egypt to prevent any attempts to cross the border.

All militant groups operating in Gaza are affiliated with Palestinian factions and there is no presence of ISIL, which is based in Iraq and Syria, he said.

Egyptian military sources also denied the news reports being broadcast on Egyptian media regarding the crossing of 15 ISIL fighters from Gaza into Sinai.

The sources told a Ma'an reporter in El-Arish in the northern Sinai that there is not a single fighter from the movement in Sinai Peninsula and that the reports about fighters arrested in Sinai were "fabrications."

The Egyptian army is in complete control over the Sinai Peninsula, especially zones of intense insurgent activity in Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and el-Arish, added the Egyptian military officials.

"There is a big difference between the security situation in Sinai this year and the year before in terms of the control the Egyptian army has achieved."

Officials in a number of countries across the region have raised warning bells about the potential for ISIL expansion after the group overran half of Iraq in the course of a few days in mid-June.

The offensive from the group's bases in eastern Syria reached the suburbs of Baghdad and shocked the world, leading to a rapid campaign by Iran, the United States, Russia, and others to prop up the Iraqi government to face the group's highly-effective 5,000 member force.
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1 ) Julie / USA
29/06/2014 20:41
izrael will very likely plant ISIL fighters in the Sinai, Gaza & Jordan for the sole purpose of waging massive attacks against all of them with the zionist goal of expanding, annexing & occupying...all of course for the greater Eretz. just wait & watch, mark my word.

2 ) gabi / australia
01/07/2014 10:12
Sounds like yet another excuse to bomb the shit out of Gaza. BTW read about Oded Yinon and his plan to destabilise the Arab countries in the Middle East for Israel's gain. Sounded a bit like a conspiracy theory when I first read it, but now? And remember when Netanyahu told the American Congress in 1992 that Israeli intelligence showed there was no doubt Iraq had WMD? And so Iraq was invaded, on a lie, and has never recovered. shame on us all for accepting these lies. Next on the line - Iran?
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