From DEBKAfile, February 1, 2008, 10:51 AM (GMT+02:00):
Egyptian security forces in Sinai detain first mixed Palestinian-al Qaeda team for attacks on Israel
Detained Friday, Feb. 1, they were carrying explosives for attacks on Israelis in Sinai and across border. Ten were described as Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, two from “the Gulf."
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources identify these two as Saudi members of al Qaeda, eight as belonging to Hamas’ military arm and the remaining two as Jihad Islami. This is the first proof of operational links in the Gaza Strip and Middle East between the Palestinian Hamas and its allies, including Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, and al Qaeda.
Apart from closing down parts of southern Israel to civilian traffic and an ineffective blockade, Israel’s armed forces have not been called upon to deal with this new threat from Gaza.