Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi promised vengeance in a speech to the nation after a deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai killed at least 235 worshipers. El-Sisi said that the military and police “will avenge our martyrs” and will respond “using brute force against those fragments of terrorists” in the coming period to ensure stability and security.
Gunmen attacked Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, after Friday prayers. Eyewitness told Ahram Online that improvised explosive devices were detonated and the gunmen then opened fire at worshippers at the mosque, which is affiliated with Sufi groups. El-Sisi said that Egypt is facing terrorism alone, on behalf of the region and the whole world, and said that events in Sinai are “an attempt to break our will,” and to end Egypt’s efforts “to terminate the terrorist plan that is aiming to destroy what is left of the region.”
“This evil terrorist attack will only make us more determined, solid, and strong to fight against terrorism,” he said. The president added that current events in Sinai are “a reflection of efforts in fighting terrorism,” telling Egyptians to be sure that the country’s current fight is the “most honourable against the evil powers.” “We will fight terrorism with unbreakable power and determination,” he said, expressing condolences to the families of the victims and wishing speedy recovery to the injured. egyptdailynews.com
Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shi’ite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, the second attack claimed by the Sunni extremist group in a week.
Authorities say a car exploded outside the al-Anoud mosque during Friday prayers, while witnesses reported seeing a bomber disguised as a woman who blew himself up in the parking lot after being denied entry.
The Palestinian president has described Israel’s decision to close the al-Aqsa Mosque on worshippers as a declaration of war on the people of Palestine. A spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas has quoted him as saying that Israel is dangerously after escalating a war on Palestinians, their sacred places and the Arab and Islamic nation as a whole. The Palestinian Presidential Office also called the Israeli decision, a blatant challenge that will lead to more tension and instability. Abbas spokesman stressed that the state of Palestine will take all legal measures against Israel in this regard. The statement follows Tel Aviv’s order for the full closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on all worshippers after an attack on an Israeli Rabbi on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jerusalem al-Quds has been the scene of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters.
The Israeli regime rejected a proposal by the Palestinian Authority to place a NATO force in the Jordan Valley. The Washington Post on Saturday quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has made it clear that he doesn’t want NATO” troops in the area as part of a final status agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv, Al-Alam reported. Kerry, however, said the possibility of a third-party force is a matter for the parties to consider.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official has also confirmed Netanyahu’s objection. Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has proposed that the NATO force stay in a future Palestinian state to ensure security. The US secretary of state is also planning to unveil a framework document as part of the US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Since the resumption of the direct talks, Palestinians have objected to a number of issues including the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds. Israel’s settlement expansion policy in the West Bank has created a major obstacle against the progress of the talks. The settlements are illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in 2010 after the Tel Aviv regime refused to halt its settlement construction. farsnews.com
Bennett: ‘NATO? Just When You Need Them They Run Away’
Chairman of Jewish Home MK Naftali Bennett, speaking at the faction meeting at the Knesset today (Monday), sharply attacked the suggestion of the possibility that a body of international forces could address Israel’s security concerns in the event of the establishment of a Palestinian state. “In the last few days we’ve heard a new brilliant solution: NATO will ensure the safety of Israeli citizens. This body of international forces is the last thing that will let us sleep peacefully,” Bennett stated. israelnationalnews.com
Israel troops attack al-Aqsa Mosque, clashes ensue
Clashes have erupted between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli soldiers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in the West Bank city of East al-Quds (Jerusalem). The clashes broke out when Israeli forces stormed the holy site in East al-Quds during this week’s Friday prayers. Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at the people who were praying at the mosque. At least 20 people, including children, were wounded in the violence. Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces also beat a number of women and arrested several Palestinians — being mostly youths. The clashes came less than a month after Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel said Tel Aviv plans to replace the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in the Muslim world, with a temple. presstv.ir