Egypt Independent

Egyptian security source denies IED bust on Israeli border

ARISH — An Egyptian security source on Tuesday denied Israeli reports that Israeli and Egyptian security forces had found a bag of explosives on their joint borders.

The source said the Israeli reports were completely baseless, revealing that the items confiscated were merely sacks of drugs.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli army said it found an IED, or improvised explosive device, at the northern part of the border region. Israeli radio said late Monday that border patrol forces saw a person throw a bag then run away.

Israeli military sources said the discovery proves terrorists continue their attempts to attack the Israeli border, adding that the Egyptian side had been informed of the incident.

Security on the border with Egypt has been a source of concern for Israel since the beginning of Egypt’s revolution. Several reports have claimed a growing presence of extremist groups in Sinai, which forms a huge desert buffer zone between Egypt and Israel.