RAMALLAH, Feb 8 (JMCC) - Armed men clashed Monday with the Egyptian army on the Egypt side of the Gaza
-Egypt border, reports
the New York Times.
On Monday, local news reports described a two-hour battle in the Egyptian half of the divided city of Rafah, at the border with Gaza. The reports said that Egyptian security forces, with the help of local tribesmen, repelled attackers wielding rocket-propelled grenades. Two people were reported injured.
The attackers were identified as members of an Islamic group called Takfir wal-Hijra.
The clashes, reports the newspaper, are part of a series of events that threaten to further destabilize the sensitive border area.
An Egyptian investigator also confirmed that a fire in a Sinai gas terminal pumping fuel to Israel
and Jordan was caused by an attack by four men.