Archive for December 8, 2013


20 September 2013

The Mujahideen of the Ansar Baytol Maqdes (or the Helpers of Jerusalem) group, operating in the Sinai Peninsula, issued a new statement on the massacre of peaceful Sinai inhabitants committed by the military junta of apostates who had organized a coup on July 3 and sank in the blood of Cairo, as well as the Sinai Peninsula, where the apostate regime launched a military offensive against women and children.

The statement of the Ansar Baytol Maqdes group tells the story of the massacre in the village of Al-Lifitat, in the Sheikh Zayed district. Here is the text of the statement:

– In continuation for the war of deportation and terrorism launched by the Egyptian army against the people of Sinai under the pretext of combating terrorism, and resumption for the operations of shelling and destruction of the unarmed civilian villages, and in continuation for the series disregarding the blood and properties of the sons of Sinai, the Egyptian forces in Sinai conducted new campaigns against the secure villages in the same way of shelling and destroying the houses and properties of the locals but that wasn’t enough, it committed a horrible massacre in the Al-Lifitat village in Sheikh Zayed.

The criminal army sent a military campaign to the Al-Lifitat village on the morning of 7 Dhu Al-Qa’dah 1434 A.H. corresponding 13 September 2013 before Friday prayer, the campaign consisted of around 30 tanks and armored vehicles head to the small village in a time when the men of the village were preparing to go to the mosque to perform the Friday prayer.

The tanks fired its shells at the homes indiscriminately and for no reason since not even one bullet was fired at them and no introductions occurred for that crime rather it was clear that this was the mission of this campaign from the beginning which is destruction but greater than the previous since in the previous shelling of the homes the locals left their houses before the shelling but this time the shelling was surprising without any warning which led to the destruction of the homes over its inhabitants and dead fell, and there is no power and might except by Allah.

This aggressive shelling led to the destruction of many homes and victims fell from children and women when in this massacre seven innocents were killed without fault or crime including four children below seven years and two women and one young man and they are:

1. Girl child: Miriam Mustafa Dahbaish (3 years) was killed by tanks shelling.
2. Child: Al-Hassan Mustafa Dahbaish (1 year) was killed by tanks shelling.
3. Girl child: Zainab Maher Eid (7 years) was killed by tanks shelling.
4. Child: Salman Juma (3 years) was killed by tanks shelling.
5. Suad Atta (Um Salman) (40 years) Salman’s mother was also killed in the shelling and she is a widow and breadwinner for her children.
6. Mrs. Askar Salem (37 years) was killed by tanks shelling.
7. Musa’ad Mohammed Salem (23 years) was killed by run over by an armored vehicle before his family.

Is that the terrorism fought by the army in Sinai, and is its goal is really providing security to the people of Sinai, and is from the methods of securing the people and preserving their safety the shelling their homes and killing them in cold blood???

This horrible massacre committed by the Egyptian army in this village is a conclusive indication for what we mentioned before that the goal of the army from this campaign is forced deportation of the people of Sinai from the border regions with the Zionist entity to be able to create a buffer zone with the Jews empty from the inhabitants that protect the Jews from any operations of the Mujahideen from inside Sinai after they were subject for three years of security alert on these borders which they for long boasted of its security and not hazardous, this alert which is dramatically expensive economically and morally on the fragile entity with receiving painful strikes from the Mujahideen in Sinai at all times and you remember the operations of Eilat and the Ghazwah of chastisement with Eilat being exposed (occupied Umm Al-Rashrash) which is a commercial and tourist port to bursts of rockets and what results form that from big economical impact on the Zionist commerce and tourism field.

Due to the above the first main goal for the Jews and by order of America to the army to secure the alleged Zionist borders and prevent the Mujahideen in Sinai from targeting the Jews from Sinai before completing the long war which the army is engaged against Islam in Egypt with cooperation with all the powers opposing Islam in this country but they will never be able to do that, and Allah encompasses them on every side.

We in Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis Assembly and all the Mujahideen in Sinai and all of Egypt reassure that the innocent Muslim blood will never go in vain, and the response to the army of crime and apostasy will be painful, and we have begun it Alhamdulillah with painful operations in which we destroyed its tanks which they destroyed the Muslims homes and demolished it over the heads of its inhabitants which will be clarified later and what is coming shall be most grievous and bitter.

“And to Allah belongs the might and to His Messenger and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know”.

And our last prayer: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Jamaat Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis

***

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

Source: Kavkaz Center.
Link: http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2013/09/20/18301.shtml.

Advertisements

September 12, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV is taking legal action in international courts against the Egyptian government for closing its offices, jamming its signals and arresting its reporters, the network said Thursday.

Al-Jazeera said it also appealed to the United Nations to “ensure that freedom of expression and freedom of the press do not die in Egypt.” The network has been facing a crackdown by the military-backed authorities in Egypt, part of a campaign against media perceived as supportive of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.

An Egyptian court on Sept. 3 ordered Al-Jazeera’s local affiliate to stop broadcasting, accusing it of hurting national security, “broadcasting lies” and vilifying the country’s military. Three other, pro-Islamist stations were also ordered shut in the same court decision. The main Brotherhood station was also taken off the air the day Morsi was ousted.

The offices of the local affiliate, Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, were raided after Morsi was deposed by the military on July 3, following days of street protests by millions against his rule. At the time, 28 staffers of the affiliate were detained and later released. And since August, at least two Al-Jazeera reporters have been in detention.

Two other Al-Jazeera offices in Cairo — the regional Al-Jazeera and Al-Jazeera English — were unaffected by the court ruling. But authorities have also closed in on their operations, deporting three members of an Al-Jazeera English crew after detaining them for nearly a week, and accusing them of working illegally.

“Al-Jazeera cannot permit this situation to continue,” the network said in an emailed statement, citing an unnamed spokesman under its standard practice. Referring to the military-backed government that took over after Morsi, the statement said the new regime in Egypt has ignored the rights of journalists to report freely and “seems determined to silence all independent journalism and reporting in the country.”

Egyptian officials were not immediately available for comment. Al-Jazeera’s local affiliate has extensively covered Brotherhood protests following the military coup and has also broadcast recorded messages from fugitive Brotherhood members sought by authorities.

While denying charges it is biased, the local affiliate has been running its studio operations from its headquarters in Doha, Qatar, and it has often relied heavily on amateur videos of protests and other events in Egypt. The station is broadcast on Egypt’s state-run satellite NileSat, and it has complained that its signal has been heavily interfered with, so it has provided alternative signals through another Arab-owned satellite.

“Al-Jazeera has instructed lawyers to take all steps necessary worldwide to ensure that its journalists can operate freely in the country without fear of arbitrary arrest, assault, jamming or other forms of harassment and intimidation,” the statement said.

The network’s law firm, London-based Carter-Ruck, said it was instructed to take action in international courts and before the U.N. and other relevant bodies “to protect its journalists and to safeguard its right to report freely.” It was not clear which international bodies the network will be addressing and calls to the lawyers were not immediately returned.

September 12, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim president on Thursday extended a nationwide state of emergency for two more months, citing continued security concerns, as a senior Egyptian official warned of more terrorist attacks in the wake of a failed assassination attempt against the interior minister and suicide bombings in the Sinai Peninsula.

The nearly month-old state of emergency, which is due to expire within days, preserves greater powers for security forces amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and increasing violence by Islamic militants. It was first declared in mid-August after authorities cleared two protest encampments held by Morsi supporters, unleashing violence that claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 in subsequent days.

Ever since, a nighttime curfew has also been in effect in much of the country. The interim government will decide separately on whether to continue the curfew. Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has said the curfew, now lasting for 7 hours most nights, would likely be eased.

The government Thursday announced new measures aimed at easing an economic crunch, in a sign it aims to show that it is tackling the nation’s problems even amid the exceptional security conditions. The measures included relief for low-income families from school expenditures and reduction in public transportation costs. They also included an injection of $ 3.1 billion budget support to be spent on infrastructure projects and employment generation, which the government says it hopes will increase economic growth from the current 2 percent to 3.5 percent.

The spending will largely be financed from money pledged by Gulf countries to Egypt after Morsi’s July 3 ouster, the government said. Egypt’s continued political instability has badly hit the country’s economy, decimating tourism and direct foreign investment. In recent rallies, Morsi supporters have increasingly sought to find public backing by evoking the hard economic conditions and authorities’ failure to improve people’s daily lives.

The extension of the state of emergency, which allows police wider powers of arrest, had been expected. The decree cited continued security concerns. Under the interim constitution, the state of emergency can only be imposed for three months, then must be put to a public referendum.

For most of the 30-year rule of Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was under emergency law, lifted only after Mubarak’s ouster. The extension came days after the Egyptian military launched a major offensive in northern region of Sinai, with troops backed by helicopter gunships raiding suspected hideouts al-Qaida inspired militants in a dozen villages. The three-day offensive left 29 militants dead, demolished houses and led to the seizure of weapons and explosives, including 10 anti-aircraft missiles, according to military officials.

In what appeared to be a backlash, a pair of suicide bombers hit military targets in Sinai, killing nine soldiers. Last week, a car bombing in Cairo believed to have been by a suicide attacker — targeted the convoy of Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who is in charge of the police. Ibrahim escaped unharmed but a civilian was killed, in the first such political assassination attempt since Morsi’s July 3 ouster.

A senior Egyptian official said Thursday that authorities have foiled several “big terrorist attacks” recently. He said authorities expect more assassination attempts like the one on Ibrahim. He said there is an estimated 10,000 militants operating in Sinai, some of them former prisoners whom Morsi granted amnesty during his year in office.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. Authorities have been cracking down on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists since his ouster, arresting at least 2,000 the past month. Senior leaders of the group have been charged or are under investigation on a string of allegations, particularly incitement to violence. At the same time, extremists’ attacks on police stations, government offices and churches have grown more brazen in south Egypt.

Talk of reconciliation has largely faded. Indicating that the presidency is not concerned about negotiating with the Muslim Brotherhood, the official said that the presidency is only acting as “shepherd” to political factions which should be the ones holding talks with Islamists.

“We are not in direct talks with Muslim Brotherhood,” he stressed. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies have stuck by their demand that Morsi be reinstated as president. Morsi has been in detention in an undisclosed location and now faces several charges including inciting the killing of protesters last year.

Also Thursday, an Egyptian court acquitted 10 policemen and four civilians charged in the killings of several protesters who were among the first to fall in the 2011 uprising against Mubarak. The defendants were the latest to be acquitted from nearly 200 policemen and Mubarak-era officials charged with the killing of 900 protesters. In various trials, most of the defendants have been acquitted, prompting an outcry from families of victims and activists, as well as sometimes violent protests.

The court Thursday found the policemen, a businessman and his three sons not guilty of killing 17 protesters and injuring 300 others in January 2011 in the port city of Suez, which saw some of the first protester deaths in dramatic confrontations with police. Anger over the Suez clashes brought even larger crowds into the streets of Cairo and other cities against Mubarak and his security agencies.

Associated Press Maggie Michael contributed to this report.

July 30, 2013

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 30 (UPI) — The Saudi government gave Egyptian military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi $1 billion to oust Mohamed Morsi from power, a Saudi activist says.

Saudi political activist Mujtahid bin Hareth bin Hammaam, known for his Twitter campaign against the Saudi government, said el-Sisi received the money July 3, the Tehran-based news network Alalam reported Tuesday. The Saudi government had hoped the money would help el-Sisi ensure a calm transition of power, the network said.

The Saudi government is concerned el-Sisi will be unable to restore order amid ongoing violence and demands by Morsi’s followers he be reinstated, the network said.

“King Abdullah knows well that failure of the coup in Egypt will be a disaster for al-Saud because any new government will be stronger and will adopt anti-Saudi Arabia policies,” Mujtahid tweeted. “That is why King Abdullah is one of the supporters of unlimited use of force in cracking down protesters. … King Abdullah not only supported the coup and tried to convince others to accept new changes, he also helped el-Sisi,” he said.

The Saudi king is using his political and financial powers to convince the West to refrain from adopting a strong stance toward the crisis in Egypt, Mujtahid charged. The Saudi government has yet to respond to the allegations.

Wikipedia describes Mujtahid as known for tweeting controversial information about the Saudi royal family. He has been nicknamed the Julian Assange of Saudi Arabia.

Source: United Press International (UPI).
Link: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/07/30/Saudi-activist-says-money-given-to-Egypt/UPI-53881375183115/.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

A retired Egyptian general has revealed details of an Egypt-UAE plot to impose a stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and overthrow the Hamas-led government. The plot, claims General Sami Hassan, is for the Egyptian army to act, with funding from the UAE government.

“The plan is led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,” tweeted Hassan. “He aims to achieve political and military gains in the coming days.”

General Hassan said that the military will impose even more restrictions on the Palestinians in Gaza, cutting all essential supplies which currently pass through the tunnels. Fuel supplies in particular are being targeted. The Gaza Strip relies on Egypt for 80 per cent of its fuel.

According to Hassan, the process has already started with a media demonisation campaign against the Palestinians and Hamas. As soon as the army creates calm in the Sinai Peninsula, he asserted, it will stir up popular demonstrations.

Al-Sisi has already met with Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed, an adviser to the UAE National Security Authority, and ex-Fatah “strongman” Mohammed Dahlan, said General Hassan. “A sum of $750 million has been allocated for the plot,” he claims, “which will involve returning Gaza to Egyptian control or handing it over to the Palestinian Authority [in Ramallah].”

The decisive meeting, he noted, lasted one and a half hours in Al-Sisi’s office. The following objectives were agreed upon:

Sinai will be “cleansed” of militant groups and nomadic tribes on the border with Gaza will be disarmed.

A drone base will be established by Egypt in Sinai under international supervision. Air strikes will be launched against the “global jihadist movement”.

All tunnels between Gaza and Egypt will be closed, and Egypt will cut off all essential supplies going to Gaza.

Electricity supplies from Egypt to Gaza will be cut off altogether.

An agreement between the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Israel will be reactivated with the return of international observers to the Rafah Border Crossing.

Hamas will be toppled and the Gaza Strip will be returned to President Mahmoud Abbas’s control.

Power in Gaza will handed over to the PA or people in the UAE’s pay and control, such as Dahlan.

Source: Middle East Monitor.
Link: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/7221-egypt-and-uae-plot-to-topple-hamas.

2013-09-17

Authorities in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have shot dead up to a dozen Uyghurs and wounded 20 others in a raid on what they said was a “terrorist” facility, according to local officials and residents.

Police confirmed the shooting in Poskam county (in Chinese, Zepu) near the Silk Road city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, home to some 9 million ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs who say they have long suffered discrimination and religious controls under Beijing’s policies.

While police refused to give details of the incident, which had been kept under wraps for about three weeks, local officials and residents said it occurred in Jigdejay village around Kuybagh township on Aug. 23 during a raid on an alleged training camp and munitions center operated by a group of about 30 Uyghurs.

The raid came just three days after authorities in Kashgar’s Kargilik (in Chinese, Yecheng) county gunned down 22 Uyghurs during another “anti-terrorism” operation on Aug. 20 while they were praying in a house at the edge of a desert area.

Nurmemet Tunyaz, the Jigdejay village head and local ruling Chinese Communist Party official in charge of “stability,” said he was informed by local officials that six Uyghurs were killed and 20 others wounded in the Aug. 23 raid, but he and a senior local Islamic leader indicated that the death toll may be double the known figure.

A resident of Kuybagh township who witnessed the raid said that 12 people had died in the operation conducted by up to 80 security personnel.

“I do not know the details, but I have heard that they were making explosives and training in an excavated area,” Nurmemet Tunyaz told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

“We did not hear that any police were killed in this shooting. The injured suspects were transported to the county hospital but those killed were buried on the spot.”

Security patrols

Some of the explosives in the camp were detonated during the raid, he said, which had sparked round-the-clock security patrols in the area.

Yasin Ahun-Karim, the leader of the Kuybagh central mosque, said he heard there were 30 Uyghurs in the group when the raid took place, 17 of them from Jigdejay village, suggesting that several others from neighboring villages may also have been gunned down.

“I heard that terrorists or separatists dug up a place near the edge of a desert in Jigdejay,” Imam Yasin Ahun-Karim said. “They were hiding inside there and practicing how to make some sort of explosives. Their activities were discovered by a police helicopter, and police acted immediately to clean up the place,” he told RFA.

He said he was given the information by Seypidin Ebey, the director of the village’s United Front Work Department, an agency under the command of the Central Committee of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Officers in at least four village police stations in Kuybagh township, including one who was on duty on the day of the raid, confirmed the shooting with RFA but refused to provide details.

Eyewitness

A Kuybagh resident who claimed he witnessed the raid but spoke on condition of anonymity said that 12 people had died in the incident.

“That’s right, they killed 12 people,” the Kuybagh resident said when asked about the police operation.

“[They were] training. The police discovered them. It was daytime. We were just in front, standing there. We saw them firing their weapons,” he said.

He said the camp was run by local Uyghurs and raided by 70-80 armed police.

“They had made a huge weapon,” he said. “The armed police went and raided them, and that was that…. There were more than 20 of them, and 12 of them were killed. Those who died were buried [right there].”

He said the camp had been discovered after the Uyghurs had made rocket launchers that exploded on testing, killing one of them.

“One of them blew their own head off, or they wouldn’t have been discovered,” he said.

“[We live] on the edge [of the county town]. The Gobi desert is right next door to us.”

An official who answered the phone at the county government offices declined to comment on the incident.

Information blackouts

A Han Chinese resident of the regional capital Urumqi surnamed Zhang said local authorities frequently impose information blackouts on violent incidents in Xinjiang.

“They want to whitewash things so they can say Xinjiang is peaceful and harmonious,” Zhang said.

“Also, if they reported all of these incidents of resistance, this could encourage other Uyghurs and maybe we would see even more of them.”

Chinese authorities usually blame outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang on “terrorists” among the region’s ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs.

But rights groups and experts say Beijing exaggerates the terrorism threat to take the heat off domestic policies that cause unrest or to justify the authorities’ use of force against Uyghurs.

Last week, the official Xinhua news agency reported that three ethnic Uyghurs had been sentenced to death for acts of “terrorism” in June in Xinjiang’s Lukchun township of Pichan (in Chinese, Shanshan) county.

The punishments came about a month after Beijing sentenced two Uyghurs to death for their alleged links to another bloody incident in April in Kashgar prefecture’s Siriqbuya township in Maralbeshi (Bachu) county.

Uyghur activists have blamed the Chinese government’s “sustained repression and provocation” of the Uyghur community in Xinjiang for the two violent incidents.

Source: Radio Free Asia.
Link: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/raid-09172013222650.html.

BEIJING | Thu Sep 12, 2013

(Reuters) – A court in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang sentenced three ethnic Uighurs to death on Thursday for acts of “violent terrorism”, including murder and being part of a terrorist organization, state media reported.

One other defendant was sentenced to 25 years in jail for his part in a June outbreak of violence, the official Xinhua news agency said.

All four were ethnic Uighurs, judging by their names.

China labeled the June incident, in which 35 people died, a “terrorist attack” by a gang engaged in “religious extremist activities”.

It was the deadliest outbreak of violence in the troubled region since July 2009, when nearly 200 people were killed in riots pitting Uighurs against ethnic Chinese in the region’s capital Urumqi.

Violent discontent among the region’s indigenous Muslim Uighurs had for some time been confined to southern districts.

But the June altercations in Shanshan county, in which state media reported gangs attacked a police station and a government building and set fire to police cars, marked a return of unrest to Xinjiang’s north.

Xinhua said the accused had been involved in illegal religious activities and had been spreading religious extremism, which led to them decide to set up a terror cell and plan attacks.

“The methods used were merciless in the extreme and the incident had serious consequences so ought to be severely punished in accordance with the law, hence the sentences,” the report cited the court judgment as saying.

Many of the Turkic-speaking Uighur people chafe at what they call Chinese government restrictions on their culture, language and religion. China says it grants Uighurs wide-ranging freedoms and accuses extremists of separatism.

Many rights groups say China has long overplayed the threat posed to justify its tough controls in energy-rich Xinjiang, which lies strategically on the borders of Central Asia, India and Pakistan.

(Reporting by Paul Carsten and Ben Blanchard; editing by Andrew Roche)

Source: Reuters.
Link: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/uk-china-uighur-idUKBRE98B0RU20130912.

December 07, 2013

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Relatives say Israeli soldiers shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank on Saturday.

Wajdi Ramahi from the Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah said his son, Wajeeh, was killed by a shot to the back. Ramahi said his son was playing football on school grounds and then went to a nearby grocery store to buy something to drink. The father said his son was shot from an Israeli army watchtower in the nearby Beit El settlement. He said his son was dead on arrival at a Ramallah hospital.

The Israeli military says it is looking into the report. The Israelis and Palestinians are currently engaged in backchannel peace talks after a five-year lull.