Brotherhood: Egyptian border a ‘red line’

The Egyptian border is a "red line" and anyone broaching it is digging his or her own grave, the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement on Saturday, following an Israeli border raid that killed six Egyptian military and security personnel early Thursday.

“Egypt is more precious than Egyptians themselves, and protecting its security is fundamental,” said Mohsen Rady, a leader in the Freedom and Justice Party, the group’s political arm.

Rady hailed the government’s decision to summon the Egyptian ambassador to Tel Aviv over the deaths as a positive move that would never have been taken under former President Hosni Mubarak.

“The shedding of Egyptian blood will no longer be tolerated," Rady said. “Israel’s fear of the Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv being withdrawn is making it aware that Egyptians are now free to make their own decisions, and that [Israel] will not escape punishment," he said, adding that Israel's apology thus far has been insufficient.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has expressed sorrow over the killings, but no official apology has yet been issued.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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