Al Qaeda attacks multinational peace keeping force in the Sinai. The Sinai Al Qaeda gangs claimed their attack on the MFO camp was part of the Islamist protest sweeping the Middle East against an anti-Muslim video.
Troops from the United States and other countries have been posted in Sinai to monitor the 1979 peace accords between Egypt and Israel.
A battalion of Colombian troops and over one hundred Americans were at the forward camp. A high alert has been declared at all MFO facilities in Sinai including the Sharm e-Sheikh headquarters.
Egyptian sources report that the gunmen drove up to the camp in 50 Toyota pickups, first blocking the roads to the Al Ghora base southwest of El Arish, then knocking over two guard posts. They faced heavy resistance from the small international encampment before torching the facility, plundering its arms and ordnance stores and hoisting the black al Qaeda flag. Egyptian force arrived on the scene with 11 armored personnel carriers to drive off a band of 60-70 gunmen.
Egyptian tanks were withdrawn and replace by APC’s two weeks ago.
This was the second al-Qaeda-instigated assault on a primarily US target in the Middle East in four days after the murder of four US diplomats including Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya Tuesday.
Unconfirmed reports of at least three peacekeepers killed and four peacekeepers hurt when scores of Salafi fighters linked to al Qaeda stormed the Multinational Force’s camp in northern Sinai with grenades, mortars and automatic guns Friday night Sept. 14. The casualties were transferred to the Israeli hospital in Beersheba. The number of casualties and their nationality has not been confirmed.
Israel has mobilized its forces for a massive attack on Gaza should the Salafi’s strike Israel, while over 30 nations begin a final practice for an attack on Iran Sunday.