At least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque

Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

Numerous attacks, some of which were carried out by the local branch of the Islamic State terrorist organization, are aimed at police and security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel strongly condemned the "painful terror attack in Egypt" and sent "the condolences of the Israeli people to [Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah] Sisi and to the Egyptian people", in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

He affirmed his confidence that Egypt is capable of winning the war against terrorism and eradicating it, a spokesman said.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of El Arish, the main city in North Sinai. Sufis are considered by Islamic fundamentalists to be apostates and are frequently the target of Islamic militants.

"The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence", he added.




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. The attackers also opened fire on ambulances, witnesses said. But the region has always been the scene of a simmering Islamist insurgency, and Islamic State fighters have dramatically escalated the level of violence there in recent years.

Sisi has support from some Bedouin tribal leaders, who have helped the army locate weapon-smuggling routes used by jihadi groups, security officials said.

Islamic militants stepped up their campaign of violence in northern Sinai after the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013.

Egypt has also faced attacks by militants in its Western Desert, including an attack last month that killed 16 police, according to an official tally issued by the Interior Ministry.

The startling bloodshed, which also wounded at least 109, was the latest sign of how more than three years of fighting in Sinai has been unable to crush an insurgency waged by the IS affiliate.

In response to the most recent terror attack on USA soil, in NY on October 31, Trump said that: "We're so politically correct that we're afraid to do anything". Some are aimed at local mosques in the peninsula, as well as Christian churches outside the region.

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