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The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem A New Player in the Lawless “Wild West”

Said Fashafshe, an Israeli-Arab construction worker from Haifa, was killed by militants on 18 June 2012. Fashafshe had been part of the team that was erecting a security fence along Israel’s border with the Sinai Peninsula. According to Israeli authorities, preliminary investigation has revealed that three terrorists infiltrated the border between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, placed an explosive device on the Philadelphi Strip near Be’er Milka, and waited for Israeli vehicles to arrive. Several minutes later, the device exploded when a vehicle passed, and the gunmen opened fire. They also fired an RPG rocket, which missed its target. As a result of the shooting, one of vehicles rolled down a hill, wounding Fashafshe, who died of his wounds shortly afterwards. Two of the assailants were killed in an ensuing battle with IDF soldiers. The IDF said they believed a third militant had escaped back into Egypt. IDF forces seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle, grenades, helmets, bullet-proof vests and camouflage clothing.

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