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    Egypt death sentences over Sinai ambush at Rafah

    An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences given to seven men for an attack that killed 25 policemen.

    The August 2013 attack on the police convoy in Sinai, close to the town of Rafah on the Gaza border, was one of the deadliest on security forces.

    The group's leader Adel Habara is reported to have admitted the charges during questioning.

    A month earlier the army had ousted President Mohammed Morsi after mass street protests against him.

    The off-duty police officers were in two minibuses when they were ambushed in northern Sinai.

    They were reportedly ordered to leave the buses before being shot in the back of the head.

    "The defendants committed the listed crimes because of their belief in the ideology of terrorist organisation al-Qaeda," the judge said, confirming an earlier ruling which had been endorsed by Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti.

    Three defendants were acquitted. The court's decisions can be sent for appeal.

    This is Adel Habara's second death sentence. He has also been convicted of carrying out bombings in the tourist resorts of Taba and Dahab in 2004 and 2006.

    Attacks by Islamist militants on the Egyptian security forces have surged in northern Sinai since 2011.

    In recent weeks, Egypt's military has stepped up its operation against Islamists in the region.

    It is creating a 1km (0.6-mile) deep buffer zone along the border with Gaza by demolishing houses and destroying underground tunnels it says have been used to smuggle weapons from the Palestinian enclave.

    A state of emergency was also declared in North Sinai after 33 security personnel were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the regional capital el-Arish on 24 October.

    A night-time curfew has since been imposed, police and army patrols have been increased and additional checkpoints have been set up.

    Sinai-based militants have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since the military overthrew President Morsi last year.

    Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, released a video purporting to show it was behind the attack on 24 October.

    It has called on Egyptians to rebel against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former military chief who led the crackdown on Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has said it rejects violence.

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    You never know who those seven people are. They could be ordinary inmates. But, if there is fair trial and evidence provided to prove charges than that is what is just.

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    Thursday, January 08, 2015

    Egypt to move entire town to create buffer zone

    From Ma'an:

    The Egyptian authorities have decided to remove the city of Rafah on the borders with the Gaza Strip completely, says the governor of North Sinai district Abd al-Fattah Harhour.

    In a news conference Wednesday, Harhour said it would be necessary to remove Rafah city completely in order to create a buffer zone on the borders with the Gaza Strip.

    “A new Rafah city is being established with residential zones appropriate to the nature and traditions of the residents of Rafah.”
    He confirmed that engineering units have already been asked to start work on the new city.

    The governor’s remarks came ahead of the second stage of evacuation of Rafah houses in preparation to create a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza. According to the original plan, 1,220 houses were slated for evacuation.

    Some 2,044 families live in those houses.

    I couldn't find this story on major Egyptian sites, although it was in BBC Arabic.

    I couldn't find out the population of Rafah altogether; from looking at Google maps and comparing it to Rafah in Gaza I would guess about 10,000 people live there. Here's part of it showing that already there is a lot of empty space on the border with Gaza.

    I haven't yet heard from the Egyptian Committee Against House Demolitions. Perhaps because it doesn't exist.

    I also haven't seen any starry-eyed university students volunteering to be human shields to stand between bulldozers and the houses.

    On a more serious note, I had been a little skeptical about Egypt's claims of massive support of Sinai jihadists from Gaza jihadists and Hamas. After all, the weapons have been smuggled through Sinai to Gaza, it seems odd that they would be smuggled back, unless Egypt has made great progress in stopping weapons smuggling routes from Libya and Sudan.

    However, it seems less likely that Egypt would move an entire town for show.
    “Real peace cannot ever happen while the world allows itself to be taken hostage by lies.” — Elder of Ziyon

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    Egyptians are behaving like complete mongrels.

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