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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, August 15, 2005

New Explosion in Sinai

Oh Lord, Here we go again: more explosions in Sinai. A microbus exploded inside an airport used by the Multinational peace-keeping forces in Sinai. No immediate comments were issued from anyone in charge, since they are probably trying to find the best spin to give the situation. CAIRO (Reuters) - A small bus in an airport which is used by the multinational observation force in Sinai exploded on Monday and initial reports indicated there were dead and injured, an Egyptian security source said. "A microbus inside the airport exploded," the security official in North Sinai said. He said he did not know the reason for the blast. The source said the blast occurred at an airport at El Gorah, a camp in the North of Sinai which is used by Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). The MFO was set up to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. An MFO official had no immediate comment. Egypt's Interior Ministry also had no immediate comment. The North Camp at El Gorah, which is about 20 km (13 miles) south of Sinai's Mediterranean coast, is the MFO's largest installation and site of the force commander's headquarters, the MFO's Web site said. Needless to say that this, if truly a terrorist attack, is not a good sign. It would mark a shift in the terrorists tragets from Touristic resorts to almost anywhere you could find foreigeners, even once that belong to the peace-keeping forces in Sinai. Not to mention, this would be technically a militray target, since this airprot was used primarily by the military. If this is truly a terrorist attack then attacking the tourism industry is no longer the target, but rather destabalizing the whole country and regime. We could be definitly entering Iraq-like territory, which is not good. And don't count on the police to protect you either, they have bigger priorities, like attacking anti-Mubarak protesters. Ohh, i am watching the Egyptian stock market, and it's taking an immediate dive. God Help us! Update: Ok, things are now getting a little bit confusing. According to News Filbalad (an egyptian news website), the MFO decalred that no explosion took place, and that there are no people injured or killed. That all that happend that a car driven by 2 people- who sustained no injuries- got "destroyed". On the Other hand, Al Jazeera confirms the explosion story and states that it was informed by sources inside the Egyptian National security apparatus. If anyone understands what the hell is going on please inform me, cause I am as lost as the rest of you right now. I am just hoping that the explosion story turns out to be a hoax. Please God let it be a hoax! Update: According to AP, the explosion did happen and there were no fatalities, altough two Canadian members- names yet still not known- of the MFO sustained injuries. So let's recap: explosion did happen inside of the Airprot, car badly damaged, 2 caadians were injured and no one was killed! Update: News Filbalad has updated its story: According to them the explosion was due to an old landmine from the days of the Egypt-Israel wars that "randomly" blew up next to the car. Update: Reuters has updated its story as well and confirming News Filbalad's version: Egypt's Interior Ministry said a small blast occurred on the side of a road in Sinai on Monday as a vehicle belonging to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) passed by, but no one was killed. An Egyptian security source said the blast was caused by a land mine left over in the area from wars between Israel and Egypt. The MFO was set up to supervise security provisions in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. MFO official Ian Baxendell told Reuters an MFO vehicle was damaged in north Sinai but said no one was hurt. Baxendell initially said there was no explosion, but later said he was still waiting for details of the incident from the investigation that was underway. Ok, I'll take that version of the story over the "another terrorist explosion" version any day of the week and twice on sunday. Let's hope it's true!


At 8/15/2005 02:54:00 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

Shit....I have a feeling this is related to the Gaza pullout ! it is just too much of a coincidence.

At 8/15/2005 03:07:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

I agree Highlander, this is too much of a coincidence!

At 8/15/2005 03:31:00 AM, Anonymous shamoussa said...

We got his from the EFG guy who sends us mails..

"Subject: Rumors of an explosion in Sinai denied by Multinational Force

Earlier today, it was reported on Reuters that a small bus in an airport which is used by the multinational observation force in Sinai exploded on Monday. However, Multinational Force said vehicle damaged but there was no explosion and no injuries.

The market is bouncing back after a faint drop."

Who shall we believe Sam??

At 8/15/2005 03:39:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

I have no clue ya shamoussa. So far News fillbalad says there is no explosion, and AP, Reuters and Al Jazera says there was. So, your guess is as good as mine. Bass if I hear anything, I will update you!

At 8/15/2005 04:06:00 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

yes i hope it was just an old mine, please God it is !

PS SM you have mail

At 8/15/2005 10:11:00 AM, Blogger raf* said...

sm et.al. --

it could very well just have been a mine... de-mining an area is insanely difficult -- even the most organized of armies can't guarantee that after a conflict they still know where they had laid each & every mine. neither the egyptian nor the israeli armies qualify for "most organised" status...

as opposed to chocolate, mines don't really go bad. wait - i guess i'll have to invert qualifiers here: mines never really go "good". what does happen is that the triggers & safety mechanisms deteriorate - making mines even MORE dangerous. for instance, a tank mine that is supposed to only explode when a vehicle heavier than a specified weight rolls over it (after all, we don't want to waste them precious mines on some donkeys - & we don't want to allow the enemy to figure out where the mine fields are by sending some donkeys around -- no no, they're gonna have to send tanks) -> now WILL go off at the slightest touch.

what's the lesson of today's story? -> if you want job security, go into explosives removal.


At 8/15/2005 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Serena said...

Oh, Sandmonkey, is this reality? It terrifies me. However, your site continues to make me laugh at it. Thanks.
And, sadly, I concur with Highlander-- it's just too much of a coincidence.

At 8/15/2005 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous foreign devil said...

Never underestimate the power of an old landmine to rise up and bite you in the as..pidistera fifty years later! Another excellent argument for banning landmines...but then like guns...only the 'Bad Guys' would be using them. :[

At 8/15/2005 01:33:00 PM, Blogger yochanan said...

land mines don't kill people ... oh never mind.

At 8/16/2005 07:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Landmine - ya that's the ticket. Get serious!


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