Morsi allies denounce, Egypt army refutes Israeli attacks into Sinai

But the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile into North Sinai, killing five people and destroying a rocket launcher.

Morsi allies denounce, Egypt army refutes Israeli attacks into Sinai

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An army spokesman has denied reports about an Israeli attack into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula following the killing of five people in an explosion in the area.

“Reports about Israeli attacks into Egyptian lands are groundless and totally bare of truth,” spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Ali said via Facebook on Friday.

He dismissed alleged reports about coordination between Egypt and Israel in this regard as “baseless, insane and illogical”, urging the media to seek accuracy before running similar information as “it poses a grave danger to national security and harms Egyptian sovereignty”.

He reiterated that “Egyptian borders are a red line and will not be allowed to be touched.”

Meanwhile, a coalition of groups supportive of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has condemned what it called "Israeli violation" of Egyptian airspace in the Sinai Peninsula.

"This is a dangerous escalation that threatens Egypt's national security," the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency on Friday. 

A coalition of groups supportive of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has condemned what it called "Israeli violation" of Egyptian airspace in the Sinai Peninsula.

"This is a dangerous escalation that threatens Egypt's national security," the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency on Friday.

But the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile into North Sinai, killing five people and destroying a rocket launcher.

Earlier today, at least five people were killed in an attack on a rocket launcher in the North Sinai city of Rafah.

According to an Egyptian security source, a military helicopter struck the missile launch pad in Al-Arjaa district in southern Rafah after spotting gunmen moving toward it.

But sources close to the groups in Sinai said that an Israeli plane was behind the attack.

The sources added that the attack struck shortly as fighters were planning to fire missiles at Israeli targets.

The missiles and the dead bodies were moved to an undisclosed location, added the sources.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula enjoyed an atypically peaceful day on Thursday, which coincided with the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day feast that follows the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

The peninsula, situated near Egypt's borders with Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, has seen almost daily attacks by unknown assailants since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

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