Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship

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Terror on the high seas: Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship in the Mediterranean
  • Patrol ship spotted ISIS jihadis on the Sinai shoreline and fired at them
  • The group of Islamic extremists returned fire using high-powered rockets
  • At least one of the rockets struck the ship, causing it to burst into flames
  • Several patrol workers suffered burn injuries, but there were no fatalities
By John Hall for MailOnline

Published: 14:00 GMT, 16 July 2015 | Updated: 14:29 GMT, 16 July 2015

Extremists loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames.

The Egyptian military said earlier a coastguard vessel had exchanged shots with militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

There were no fatalities among the vessel's crew in the shootout with the terrorists, according to a Facebook message posted by military spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Samir.

ISIS declared their presence on Sinai - a peninsula popular with British holidaymakers - last November when up to 2,000 members of the already established jihadi group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis swore allegiance to ISIS' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.



Explosion: Extremists loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt have attacked a naval patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, causing it to burst into flames



Attack: Eyewitnesses said a boat patrolling the Sinai coastline spotted a group of ISIS jihadis on the shore and engaged them. A rocket fired from the shore (circled) struck the vessel moments later



Smoke: A witness, fisherman Abu Ibrahim Mohammed from the neighboring Gaza Strip, said the vessel was a gunboat that was about a nautical mile off the coast when it was struck by the rocket

Eyewitnesses said a boat patrolling the Sinai coastline spotted a group of ISIS jihadis on the shore and engaged them.

At some point during the fire fight the vessel was struck by a rocket, causing it to burst into flames and withdraw from the battle.

The military said it suffered no casualties although it is understood several patrol workers suffered minor burn injuries.

An AFP photographer and a witness in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, just across the border, said the boat was struck at least two miles from shore.

'We were sitting on the beach and suddenly there was an explosion,' said Ahmed Nofal.

Other navy boats came to rescue the crew as their vessel spewed a plume of smoke.

A witness, fisherman Abu Ibrahim Mohammed from the neighboring Gaza Strip, said the vessel was a gunboat that was about a nautical mile off the coast when it was struck by the rocket.

He did not hear the explosion but saw two smaller boats later trying to put out the fire and that a third, larger one later arrived and towed the burned vessel away.

Two speed boats were seen later combing the area as gunshots occasionally rang out, he added.



Location: The Egyptian military said earlier a coastguard vessel had exchanged shots with militants just two miles off the coast of northern Sinai, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip



Blast: The military said it suffered no casualties although it is understood several patrol workers suffered minor burn injuries



A Palestinian boy watches smoke rising from the Egyptian patrol vessel off the coast of northern Sinai

Authorities refused to officially confirm whether or not the vessel was hit by a rocket but said they are looking into both that possibility as well as theory that ISIS jihadis could have swam out to the patrol ship and placed explosives on it, which were later detonated by remote control.

In his Facebook message Samir did not say how much damage the vessel suffered and gave no details on the type of ship or the size of its crew.

The vessel, according to the security officials, routinely patrols Egyptian territorial waters and has frequently been used to transport army and police personnel to mainland Egypt.

The sea route avoids the overland journey through Sinai, where ISIS targets government forces.

Jihadis loyal to ISIS have killed scores of soldiers and policemen in the peninsula since the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The militants have also carried out attacks west of the Suez Canal, which separates the Sinai from the rest of Egypt.



Stricken: Authorities refused to officially confirm whether or not the vessel was hit by a rocket but confirmed that they are looking into the possibility



Palestinian fishermen go about their business as an Egyptian naval vessel approaches the stricken patrol ship

Yesterday, the military said it foiled an attempted attack on a military post on a highway linking Cairo with the Red Sea coast.

The driver of a car that was carrying 1,100 pounds of dynamite refused to stop at a checkpoint, drawing fire from the troops, the military said.

The car then swerved off the road and the driver was killed, the military said in a statement.

Egypt faces threats from multiple insurgent factions, including the ISIS affiliate in Sinai, which the military says killed at least 17 soldiers in a July 1 assault there.

Officials from several branches of Egypt's security forces previously said that that attack killed dozens more.

In another attack claimed by ISIS, Egypt's state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was assassinated in Cairo by a car bomb in late June.

Terror on the high seas: Egyptian navy vessel erupts in huge fireball as ISIS carry out rocket strike on patrol ship in the Mediterranean  | Daily Mail Online
 

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Looks like AT missile, or if they got lucky with a 107mm rocket....
 
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For me, casualties or no casualties doesn't matter. It is the aggression that is the issue there. ISIS connects and Egypt retaliates and then ISIS retaliates and so forth and so on. That is the essence of war or should I say the real cause of war, i.e. retaliation. Those photos are vivid shots of the incident and it's clearly a manifestation of a war.
 
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They are so lucky! An explosian that big looks like it would kill at least one.
 
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Looks like AT missile, or if they got lucky with a 107mm rocket....
Definetly an ATGM. Scary that ISIS has that kind of weaponary in their disposal, in Eygpt.....I would understand Syria and Iraq but Egypt......
 
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Definetly an ATGM. Scary that ISIS has that kind of weaponary in their disposal, in Eygpt.....I would understand Syria and Iraq but Egypt......

Nothing surprising. This comes from Iran who provided the Hezboshitan who shared with Hamas (Iran Proxy) or the Islamic Jihad Movement (Iran Proxy). When they were still buddies like pig.

Who in turn distributed some, in their time, to the Muslim brothers in Egypt.

Islamic Solidarity degenerate.


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ISIS needs to be "tamed" pretty fast before their influence spreads further than it already has. It's time I believe for Arab nations to set aside their differences and work as a team to defeat ISIS and Iranian-backed terrorist groups which seek to destabilize the Middle East.
 
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It is shocking by the day what the ISIS is capable of as this incident in Egypt will not sit well and there will be bullets flying from Egypt as well and wonder how far they will go in the fight and this rebel group needs to be stopped otherwise they will try and influence the world and try and control it. It is shocking that the ISIS group has these sort of weapons and also they can use this to kill people who are civilians and not part of the fight, as in these sort of blind battles the innocents usually die. I reckon that firing these sorts of weapons are dangerous and can destroy the marine life, as well who are near the boat or ships when they get attacked.
 
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What's more worrying is the fighting is getting a lot more closer to Israel, and they would do anything to defend themselves so I wouldn't be surprised to see them use the most powerful weapons at their disposal if they get dragged into all of this.
 
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What's more worrying is the fighting is getting a lot more closer to Israel, and they would do anything to defend themselves so I wouldn't be surprised to see them use the most powerful weapons at their disposal if they get dragged into all of this.
Thats a REALLY scary thought. The US is stuck so far up Isreal's @$$ that we'll definitely be involved, along with a good number of other countries. It could blow up pretty fast.
 

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Nothing surprising. This comes from Iran who provided the Hezboshitan who shared with Hamas (Iran Proxy) or the Islamic Jihad Movement (Iran Proxy). When they were still buddies like pig.

Who in turn distributed some, in their time, to the Muslim brothers in Egypt.

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Don't be stupid, they get them from Libya and Egypt. AGTM is not advanced at all and incapable against armor, especially the one used by militants nowadays. Hamas is no Iranian proxy and your country just had meeting with Hamas.
 
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... Hamas is no Iranian proxy...
o_O


Quote :

Iran and the Palestinians

Rachel Brandenburg

After the 1979 revolution, Iran ended its alliance with Israel and started supporting the Palestinians, symbolized by turning over the Israeli embassy in Tehran to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

As part of its campaign to export the revolution, the theocracy also aided emerging Palestinian Islamic groups, notably Islamic Jihad and Hamas. Both sent representatives to Tehran.

Iran generally opposed the U.S.-backed Middle East peace process. During the 1997-2005 reform era, however, President Mohammad Khatami indicated that Tehran might accept any decision embraced by the Palestinian majority. But that sentiment was short-lived.

Tehran has trained many Palestinian militants and provided a significant proportion of the weaponry used against Israel. For Shiite Iran, the Palestinian groups are among its most important Sunni allies.


Overview

Between Israel’s birth in 1948 and Iran’s revolution in 1979, the two countries had close relations based on common strategic interests, particularly as the two non-Arab countries in the Middle East. Iran became an important source of oil for Israel, and Israel became an important source of weapons for Iran. Thousands of Israeli businessmen and technical experts aided Iranian development projects. But after the shah’s ouster, relations deteriorated and envoys went home. Israel remained a source of Western arms during the early years of Iran’s 1980-1988 war with Iraq. But by the mid-1980s, even commercial ties had ended.

Tehran’s new theocrats refused to recognize Israel as a state or even use its name, instead calling it the “Zionist entity” or the “Little Satan.” Leftists opposed Israel because of anti-imperialist sentiment and its relationship with the United States. The religious right viewed Israel as an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land and a threat to Islam and Islamic justice. Shortly after the revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini designated the last Friday of Ramadan as a new national holiday—Qods Day, or Jerusalem Day—to “proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine.” Qods Day is honored across the Muslim world.

During the revolution’s first decade, Iran’s primary focus in the Arab-Israeli conflict was aiding and arming its Shiite brethren in Lebanon’s new Hezbollah. But Tehran’s involvement with the Sunni Palestinians deepened progressively with three major turning points: The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s call for peace talks with Israel in 1988, the second intifada – or uprising – in 2000, and the election of Hamas in 2006.


The PLO

During the monarchy, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) had close ties with the Iranian opposition. Many Iranian dissidents trained at PLO camps in Lebanon in the 1970s. The PLO also backed the 1979 revolution. Days after the revolution, PLO chief Yasser Arafat led a 58-member delegation to Tehran. Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan hosted the official welcome ceremony, where the keys to the former Israeli embassy were handed over to the PLO. The road in front of the mission was renamed Palestine Street. Arafat traveled throughout Iran to set up PLO offices, which members of his delegation stayed to manage for more than one year.

Khomeini did not welcome Arafat with open arms, however. During their two-hour meeting on Feb. 18, 1979, the ayatollah criticized the PLO for its nationalist and pan-Arab agenda. He appealed to Arafat to model the PLO on the principles of the Islamic revolution. Arafat was an observant Muslim, but he rebuffed Khomeini. Arafat and Khomeini never met again

Relations between Iran and the PLO eroded further when Arafat joined the Arab world in supporting Iraq during its 1980-1988 war with Iran. In 1988, Tehran also condemned Arafat after he recognized Israel’s right to exist, renounced terrorism, called for peace talks with Israel and began a dialogue with the United States. Iran’s new Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the PLO chief as a “traitor and an idiot” in 1989. Arafat did not visit Iran again until 1997, when Tehran hosted the Organization of Islamic Conference. The PLO maintained a diplomatic presence in Tehran, but Iran did not actively aid the PLO again until 2000.


Intifada and Karine A

The second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, erupted in September 2000 after the collapse of Middle East peace talks at Camp David and Ariel Sharon’s visit to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, or Haram al Sharif in Arabic, home of the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. To support the uprising and heighten pressure on Israel, Arafat released Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants held by the Palestinian Authority. Iran lauded Arafat and his Fatah party for their resistance. In 2001, Iran hosted a second “Support for the Palestinian intifada” conference, attended by Palestinian parliamentarians and representatives from Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Ayatollah Khamenei praised the intifada for restoring Palestinian unity.

Iran’s renewed support for Arafat’s Palestinian Authority was evident when Israel captured the Karine A, a ship reportedly destined for Gaza, in 2002. The ship carried 50 tons of advanced weaponry, including Katyusha rockets, rifles, mortar shells, mines, and anti-tank missiles, that had been loaded in Iranian waters. It was interdicted by an Israeli commando raid in the Red Sea. Arafat denied any involvement; the arms were a clear violation of Palestinian-Israeli agreements. But Israel interpreted the shipment as a sign of Iran’s renewed support for the PLO resistance.

Islamic Jihad

Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is the smallest but most violent Palestinian group—and long the closest to Iran. The underground movement was founded by Fathi Shikaki, a young physician and Gaza refugee, in the late 1970s as an off-shoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. PIJ endorsed the Iranian revolution. Shikaki shared Khomeini’s belief that “Islam was the solution and Jihad was the proper means.” The Sunni Muslim group also adopted the suicide tactics used mainly by Shiite militants, justified as martyrdom for the greater cause. Since 1989, it has carried out more than a dozen major suicide attacks against Israeli targets. Unlike other Arab and Sunni groups, Islamic Jihad supported Shiite Iran during its long war with Iraq.

The group’s leadership was forced out of Gaza in 1988, first to Lebanon, then to Syria, where it is now based. Ramadan Abdallah Shallah became secretary general after Shikaki’s assassination in 1995. He has met frequently with Iranian officials both in Tehran and Damascus, often in meetings with other major Palestinian militant groups. Shallah reportedly attended a meeting in Tehran in 1996, when he coordinated with the Qods Force, an elite wing of the Revolutionary Guards that handles Iran’s foreign operations. PIJ maintains a representative in Iran. Iran has armed, trained and funded PIJ, although its aid is reportedly modest compared with support for Hamas or Lebanon’s Hezbollah.


Hamas

Hamas, an acronym in Arabic for “Islamic resistance movement,” emerged out of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in 1987. It was co-founded by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and six others, originally as a local offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas and Iran both wanted to see Israel replaced by the Islamic state of Palestine. Yet Hamas initially had little connection to Iran due to sectarian differences, Tehran’s ties to Islamic Jihad, and the Hamas desire to be an independent resistance movement.

Relations between Iran and Hamas developed after the PLO called for making peace with Israel. In 1990, Tehran hosted a conference on support for Palestine, which Hamas attended but Arafat did not. In the early 1990s, a Hamas delegation led by Mousa Abu Marzouk held talks Tehran with key officials, including Ayatollah Khamenei. Iran pledged military and financial support – reportedly $30 million annually – as well as advanced military training for thousands of Hamas activists at Revolutionary Guard bases in Iran and Lebanon. Hamas also opened an office in Tehran and declared that Iran and Hamas shared an “identical view in the strategic outlook toward the Palestinian cause in its Islamic dimension.”

Tehran continued support for Hamas throughout the intifada. Aid steadily increased after Arafat’s death in 2004 and Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. But Hamas’ surprise victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections dramatically transformed its relations with Iran. Tehran stepped in rescue the nearly bankrupt Palestinian Authority in Gaza, now under Hamas control, after foreign aid dried up. When Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh visited Tehran in December 2006, Iran reportedly pledged $250 million in aid.

Iran reportedly provided military aid and training for dozens of men in Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al Qassam Brigades. Iran also allegedly supplied much of the military equipment that Hamas used against Israel in the December 2008 Gaza war. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal visited Tehran in February 2009, after the war ended, to thank Iran for its help during the conflict, citing Iran as a “partner in victory.”




Iran’s Palestinian allies

Ramadan Abdallah Shallah: Islamic Jihad secretary general and British-educated economist who briefly taught at the University of South Florida and took over after Shikaki was assassinated in 1995. “Our ties with Iran date back to the first days of our movement, just after the Islamic revolution took over in Iran,” he once said. Shallah is also on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Khalid Mashaal:
Hamas leader based in Damascus. After the 2006 Hamas victory, Mashaal visited Tehran and said, “Just as Islamic Iran defends the rights of the Palestinians, we defend the rights of Islamic Iran. We are part of a united front against the enemies of Islam.”

Ismail Haniyeh: Hamas leader who became prime minister of the Gaza half of the Palestinian Authority after Hamas’ 2006 election victory. Later that year he visited Tehran, where he told a Friday prayer service, "The world arrogance (US) and Zionists... want us to recognize the usurpation of the Palestinian lands and stop jihad and resistance and accept the agreements reached with the Zionist enemies in the past…We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem."

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin: Hamas co-founder and spiritual guide. The quadriplegic cleric was hosted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mohammad Khatami during a 1998 visit to Tehran. After meeting the sheikh, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The Palestinian nation’s jihad is a source of honor for Islam and Muslims…God’s promises will undoubtedly come true and the Islamic land of Palestine will someday witness the annihilation of the usurper Zionist rule.” He died in an Israeli helicopter gunship attack in 2004.


The future

For the foreseeable future, Iran will have the means to play primary spoiler in the Middle East peace process through its proxies in Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.

As long as it has substantial financial and military support from Iran, Hamas can in turn refuse to work with Fatah and other parties to form a single Palestinian government in the West Bank and Gaza. The split between the two halves of the Palestinian Authority seriously complicates peace efforts since only two of the three parties to the conflict have been negotiating.


Rachel Brandenburg is a Middle East program specialist at USIP (United States Institute of Peace)


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... your country just had meeting with Hamas.

But of course ! ^ ^

Only because now they are kneeling and their old masters (Qom) do not want them.


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@Bubblegum Crisis

Are past pictures supposed to insult us? Yeah we had relations with Iran in past since Iran was only one to support us. Saudi Arabia under Abdullah banned Hamas and only allowed some members to do Hajj. And when they banned Ikhwan they banned Hamas with them. I don't care for your wikipedia copy paste articles. If you don't like us, I don't care. Don't lie out of your mouth though. When you lie about grave matters which you have no evidence matter, this makes your character very bad and is not Islamic to have this kind of hiqd and untruthfullness in you.

We never make up conspiracies against your people yet you have all these conspiracies against us for no reason.
 
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