Friday, February 18, 2011

Hezbollah in Egypt: Terror planners used to flee riots

Mohammed Yusuf Mansur is celebrated on his return to Beirut. The unrest in Egypt escaped from prison the leader of a Hezbollah cell was celebrated on Wednesday evening in Lebanon network. At a rally in southern Beirut was Mohammed Yusuf Mansur, alias Sami Schehade as "liberated prisoners" and "brother in our struggle" welcomed.

Schehade 2010 was been by the Supreme State Security Court in Cairo sentenced for planning terrorist attacks to 15 years in prison. Also 26 other members were between late 2008 and early 2009 disrupted Hezbollah cell convicted in April of last year, four of them in absentia. Most of them were Egyptians.

Egypt reportedly was not only the end of January in the prison of Wadi al Natrun north of Cairo Mansur imprisoned, but also 21 other prisoners detained since 2009 to escape. Together with Hamas militants and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, they used the riots, which after the first mass demonstration on 25th January in the capital had spread to other cities.

Mansur is said to have confessed after his arrest, to have planned terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists in the resorts of Taba, Dahab and Nuwweiba. The contract for the planning and conduct of the operation he had received from the leadership of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Supporters of Hizbullah cheer carried over to a screen speech Hassan Nasrallah.

The already tense relationship for decades, the Shiite party militias of the Sunni regional power with Egypt is disturbed considerably since then, after the arrest of Mansur, 2009, Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah of state media called a "war criminal" and "Iranian Agent". Nasrallah himself admitted at the time that Mansur had made a Hezbollah cell, whose goal is to be sure never have been carrying out attacks on Egyptian territory.

"What he did on the Egyptian-Palestinian border, was a logistical mission to bring arms and equipment to the Palestinian territories," he said in April 2009. The Palestinian Hamas also funded by Iran is working at least since the inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's president narrowly in August 2005 together with Hizbullah.

The destruction of the cell led therefore to a deterioration in relations between Egypt and Iran. The leadership in Tehran rejects Egypt's peace treaty with Israel and supports the Gaza Strip alone ruling Islamist Hamas logistical and weapons. As demonstrated by the Investigativplattform Wikileaks published dispatches American diplomats suggested Egypt after flying up the Hezbollah cell a harder line against Iran.

So said the former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, in April 2009 that Egypt "a confrontation with Hezbollah and Iran" had begun: it would "not allow Iran to operate in Egypt." The monthly cash transfers to Iran, Hamas Suleiman estimated at 25 million dollars.

Increasingly it were possible the security authorities, however, to stop over in Egypt the Gaza Strip smuggled money. At the rally in south Beirut controlled by Hezbollah blew on Wednesday evening next to Iran and those of the "party of God" and Egyptian flags. Nasrallah was to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak earlier referred to as "historic victory".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put the Egyptian uprising last week in a line with the fall of the Shah in 1979 - and described the unrest in the Arab world as a sign of "Islamic awakening". A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Cairo accused Nasrallah and Khamenei then, "the whole region on fire" trying to set.

Mansur's lawyers had acknowledged during the trial that their client had indeed planned attacks against Israeli targets in Egypt - in retaliation for the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughnije on 12 February 2008 in Damascus. Hezbollah leaders have for him but refuses to consent, his job was merely the logistical support of Hamas have been.

At the rally in Beirut on Wednesday renewed Nasrallah's threat that revenge commonly Israel unpaid murder Mughnijes: "The Zionist generals I say: At what place and at what age you are on traveling the world pays attention to, because the blood Imad Mughnijes has flowed in vain. "day earlier, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that a war with the Hezbollah-time but was not excluded.

Around the anniversary of the assassination of former military chief Hizullah apply not only in Israel but also in embassies abroad increased security precautions.

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