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Egypt Accuses Islamic Jihad Of Arms Smuggling in Sinai

Egypt's army has for the first time accused the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad of armed involvement in the Sinai.
Egyptian soldiers keep guard on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2013. Egyptian security forces have destroyed some 20 houses along the border with Gaza, local residents said on Tuesday, in what the Palestinian enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers fear is an effort to build a buffer zone to isolate them. 
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Egyptian army has said that terrorist elements in Sinai have used heavy weapons belonging to the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

A military source told a number of Egyptian news websites on Sunday, Sept. 9, that these heavy weapons were seized during the military operations currently targeting criminal groups in Sinai, which had carried out attacks on the army, police and vital installations.

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