A Bedouin man was killed in an explosion Sunday while riding his motorcycle in the northern Sinai Peninsula, some 9 miles from the Egypt-Israel border.
Ibrahim Owida Nasser Madan was believed to have been involved in the August 5 border attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. He is also suspected of being involved in the cross-border terror attack that killed eight Israelis and 5 Egyptian soldiers a year ago. He was arrested and released several days ago, during the Egyptian crackdown on Islamists and Salafi groups in Sinai.
There were conflicting reports regarding the circumstances of Madan’s death.
Egyptian security officials said he was killed by an Israeli drone (unmanned aerial vehicle), while other officials told Bethlehem-based Ma’an News that Madan may have been killed by a projectile that terrorists were trying to launch at Israel. Another report said a nearby mine may have accidentally exploded.
AFP reported that Madan was killed while attempting to launch a rocket into Israel.
Israel denied any involvement in the incident to Egyptian officials, reported Ma’an. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit would not comment on the report.
The IDF has not operated in the Peninsula since the signing of the 1979 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of his top security advisers along with IDF Chief of the General Staff Benny Gantz to discuss the deteriotarting situation in the Sinai.
Israeli security officials find themselves in a dilemma with respect to terrorism in the Peninsula. On the one hand, many officials fear the deployment of the Egyptian military in the area — which goes against the Camp David Accords — but on the other hand, the Egyptian forces are combatting terrorist elements that pose a threat to Israel.