The Israeli Air Force struck a “terrorist” target south of Beirut early on Friday morning. The air strike targeted the Naama underground base complex, 15 km south of Beirut, which houses two radical Palestinian organizations – Ahmed Jibril’s PLO-General Command and the pro-Iranian Jihad Islami. Both operate in Lebanon, Syria, Sinai and the Gaza Strip under direct Iranian command.
Israel considers this a one off incident for now, but Egyptian pressure in the Sinai may lead to more strikes by these groups from all its locations.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-coup groups have called for mass demonstrations against the military-backed interim government, as crackdown against Brotherhood leaders continue.
On Thursday authorities detained Ahmed Aref, a spokesman for the group, and Hassan al-Brins, a member of parliament representing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, reported Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith in Cairo.
Supporters of the anti-coup alliance have dubbed the latest protest a “Friday of martyrs”, with 28 mosques in the Cairo area named as points of departure for the demonstrations.