World Bulletin / News Desk
A spokesman has denied any role of the Muslim Brotherhood in attacks against army and police troops in the Sinai Peninsula, describing the unrest as a "government plot" to propagate what he called a "coup" against elected President Mohamed Morsi.
"Neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor the Gaza-based Hamas group has anything to do with attacks against army and police forces in Sinai," Hamza Zoubaa told Anadolu Agency via e-mail.
The Sinai Peninsula, which shares a border with both Israel and the Gaza Strip, has seen almost daily attacks by unknown gunmen since the July 3 military ouster of Morsi.
On Wednesday, at least six soldiers were killed and 17 people injured in a deadly attack in the North Sinai city of Rafah.
Zoubaa described the current situation in Sinai as "a government plot to propagate the coup to the outside world as if it was a war against terrorism."
He argued that "an international public relations company with ties to Zionists has proposed heating up the situation in Sinai in order to show (Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah) al-Sisi as a hero who is fighting terrorism which threatens Israel."
The spokesman, however, declined to unveil further details about the accusation.
There was no comment from Egyptian authorities.
The Egyptian army has launched a massive offensive against militant groups thought to be based in the Sinai Peninsula.
The military has also been destroying underground tunnels along borders with the Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under a 7-year-Israeli blockade, for what it calls "security reasons."Last Mod: 12 Eylül 2013, 13:20