CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all instances native):
Survivors and Egypt’s high prosecutor are giving detailed accounts of Friday’s bloodbath at a mosque in northern Sinai.
They describe intense gunfire ringing out because the mosque was shaken by blasts, and kids screaming as their mother and father have been mowed down. A stampede occurred as folks rushed for an exit, whereas others tried desperately to drive their manner out of home windows.
They say the attackers arrived in 5 SUVs, took positions throughout from the mosque’s door and home windows. Just because the imam was about to ship his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fireplace and tossed grenades on the estimated 500 worshippers inside.
When the violence lastly stopped, greater than 300 folks have been lifeless, together with 27 youngsters, and 128 injured.
It was Egypt’s deadliest attack by Islamic extremists within the nation’s fashionable historical past, a grim milestone in a long-running battle towards an insurgency led by an area affiliate of the Islamic State group.
The essential gateway for Palestinians out of the Gaza Strip was closed following the attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
The Rafah crossing was anticipated to open quickly on Saturday. But following the attack, vacationers have been informed they’d not be capable to cross in spite of everything.
On Saturday, guards have been the one folks to be seen on the crossing. Ruling occasion Hamas says 30,000 folks have been ready for an opportunity to journey. Thus far, Rafah has opened for folks exiting Gaza solely 17 days this yr.
Egypt has stored Rafah largely sealed off since 2013, after the ouster of Egypt’s elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi whereas authorities have been preventing an Islamist insurgency.
Hamas, which has wielded energy in Gaza because it ousted forces loyal to the Western-backed Fatah faction in 2007, condemned the Sinai attack.
Egypt’s chief prosecutor says in a press release that the attack on a Sinai mosque has killed 305 folks, together with 27 youngsters.
In a press release Saturday, Nabil Sadeq says the attack a day earlier additionally left 128 folks wounded.
Sadeq says it was carried out by 25-30 militants who arrived on the mosque within the small city of Bir al-Abd in 5 all-terrain autos. He says the militants stationed themselves on the mosque’s essential door and 12 home windows earlier than opening fireplace on worshippers inside. They additionally torched seven vehicles belonging to the worshippers that have been parked outdoors.
There was no declare of duty for the attack, the deadliest by Islamic extremists in Egypt’s fashionable historical past. The mosque is frequented by Sufi Muslims, a mystic college of Islam that militants think about heretic.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ordered the development of a mausoleum in reminiscence of the 235 folks killed by Islamic militants inside a mosque in northern Sinai.
A presidential assertion didn’t say the place the mausoleum would stand or who can be commissioned to construct it, however the resolution to have one displays the depth of grief felt by the federal government over the demise of so many individuals in Friday’s attack, the deadliest by Islamic extremists in Egypt’s fashionable historical past. The mosque was frequented by Sufis, followers of a mystic college of Islam.
No one has claimed duty for the attack, however the extremist Islamic State group has repeatedly declared that it views Sufis as heretics and vowed to rid Sinai, and Egypt, of them. Millions of Egyptians follow Sufi rituals, like reciting poetry, dancing and singing as means to be nearer to God.
Egypt’s army says warplanes have struck a number of autos used within the attack on a northern Sinai mosque that killed 235 folks, destroying and killing all passengers.
The army’s Saturday assertion stated the autos have been hit within the neighborhood of the day gone by’s attack on a mosque within the Sinai city of Bir al-Abd, the deadliest by Islamic extremists in Egypt’s fashionable historical past.
No group has claimed duty for the attack, however the extremist Islamic State group has previously vowed to rid Sinai, and Egypt, of Sufis. A neighborhood IS affiliate is spearheading the insurgency in Sinai, the place authorities forces have battled militants for years.
The mosque was frequented by Sufis, members of a mystic motion inside Islam that is considered by extremists as heretic.
Militants assaulted a crowded mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula throughout prayers within the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.
They blasted helpless worshippers Friday with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades and blocked their escape routes. At least 235 folks have been killed earlier than the assailants received away.
The attack within the troubled northern half of the Sinai focused a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of a mystic motion inside Islam.
Islamic militants, together with the native affiliate of the Islamic State group, think about Sufis heretics as a result of of their much less literal interpretations of the religion.
The startling bloodshed within the city of Bir al-Abd additionally wounded at the very least 109, in keeping with the state information company. It provided the newest signal that the Egyptian authorities has failed to discourage an IS-led insurgency.