Egyptian troops mobilizing on the Gaza border

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The Egypt Defense Portal and Abu Ali Blog have distributed photos showing the accumulation and movement of Egyptian manpower and military equipment on the Gaza border.

The vehicles, which include YPR-765 armored infantry fighting vehicles and M60 main battle tanks, were stationed near Gaza in preparation for an expanded military campaign in the framework of Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, which began last February. That was reported by the israeldefense.co.il.

Also, Haaretz has reported that the Egyptian military has informed Tel Aviv about its buildup, with troop concentrations reported on the Egyptian side of the border near Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

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Last week, Hamas, a militant group which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization, deployed several hundred fighters along the Gaza-Sinai border to fight the Sinai-based Daesh* militants and prevent them from making incursions into the Palestinian territory.

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Daesh’s Egyptian affiliate, known as Wilayat Sinai, has previously stolen Egyptian military equipment including armored vehicles and anti-tank missiles, plotted attacks against Egyptian forces, military outposts and planted roadside bombs in the area. The group is also believed to be responsible for the downing of a Russian passenger liner in 2015.

 


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