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Posted on 04/15/2009 2:26:24 AM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: "In recent days Egypt has been disclosing details about uncovering a major Hezbollah espionage ring on its soil. AP cites a cabinet minister saying 25 of its 49 members have been arrested so far. The arrests began back in November, but the disclosures have started only now.
The leader of the espionage ringwho is among those detainedwas a Hezbollah agent named Sami Shehab, and the group he recruited included Lebanese, Syrians, Sudanese, and Palestinians along with 12 Egyptian Shiites. Not surprisingly, they planned attacks on Israeli vacationers in the Sinai, apparently as revenge for the February 2008 killing of Hezbollah mastermind Imad Moughniyeh, as well as smuggling of Iranian weapons into Gaza.
But the group had grander ambitions. With Egypts octogenarian leader Hosni Mubarak in questionable health and his succession unclear, the ring planned to set up a terror infrastructure throughout the country while spreading Shiite ideology. They also aimed to buy a boat that would smuggle weapons into Egypt from Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
Or as Zvi Mazel, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, puts it, the aim was to destabilize the country and provoke huge demonstrations that could bring down the regime and lead to a military coup.
Members of the ring also rented villas near the Israeli embassy in Cairo and in the town of Suez overlooking the Suez Canalthe latter for purposes of monitoring traffic and even, according to reports, attacking American or Israeli vessels in the canal."
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“Egypt exposes a Hezbollah network on its soil, claiming it not only smuggled weapons into the Gaza Strip and but also planned to carry out terrorist attacks and subversion activities. Hassan Nasrallah admitted a detained Hezbollah operative was involved in smuggling but denied other accusations.”
(April 13, 2009)
Rashid Khalid’s buddies have been busy it appears
the group had grander ambitions. With Egypt's octogenarian leader Hosni Mubarak in questionable health and his succession unclear, the ring planned to set up a terror infrastructure throughout the country while spreading Shiite ideology... as Zvi Mazel, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, puts it, "the aim was to destabilize the country and provoke huge demonstrations that could bring down the regime and lead to a military coup." Members of the ring also rented villas near the Israeli embassy in Cairo and in the town of Suez overlooking the Suez Canal -- the latter for purposes of monitoring traffic and even, according to reports, attacking American or Israeli vessels in the canal."
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Egypt terror cell planned to strike in Tel Aviv
Ynet News ^ | April 16, 2009 | Roee Nahmias
Posted on April 17, 2009 11:11:00 AM PDT by Stoat
Egypt terror cell planned to strike in Tel Aviv
Almasry Alyoum reports two Palestinian Fatah operatives suspected of membership in Hizbullah cell uncovered in Sinai confess to planning to infiltrate into Israel to carry out suicide attacks
Published: 04.16.09, 15:38 / Israel News
Members of the Hizbullah cell uncovered in Egypt planned to carry out terror attacks inside Israel, Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported on Thursday.
According to the report, two of the cell’s members are Fatah operatives, who confessed to having planned to enter Israel and carry out massive suicide attacks, “maybe even in Tel Aviv”.
Sources close to the investigation told the newspaper that two Fatah members, Muhammad Ramadan Barakeh and Nidal Fathi Hassan were arrested under suspicion of ties with the Hizbullah cell.
Egyptian security forces arrested the two in Sinai a few weeks ago, while they were making their way to one of the underground tunnels leading into Gaza.
Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution began questioning the two on Tuesday, and in their investigation, they confessed to planning to travel first to Sudan, and then to Syria and Lebanon, where they were to train for suicide missions in Israel.
The two also confessed to their affiliation with the Hizbullah cell in Egypt and said they had joined the cell after meeting with the its head Sami Shihab in Egypt in late 2008 after Hamas men breached the border between Gaza and Egypt.
The two were quickly returned to the Gaza Strip, but managed to infiltrate back into Sinai and join the Hizbullah cell.
Montasser el-Zayat, the cell members’ head attorney denied the charges brought against the suspects and said the two lived in the El-Arish area with a man who housed African immigrants before they fled to Israel.
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