Hamas Rejects Egypt-Backed, Israeli-Accepted Ceasefire

Ceasefire was to have gone into effect this morning
Gaza City / AP

JERUSALEM—Hamas has rejected a ceasefire negotiated by the Egyptian government and agreed to by Israel that was to have gone into effect at 9 A.M. this morning.

Dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip were launched into Israel after 9 A.M. in defiance of the Egyptian government, which had proposed the cease-fire. Israel refrained from responding for four-and-a-half hours, apparently to give time to Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to reassess. Planes then resumed attacks on rocket launch sites.

Leahy Holds Up Egypt’s Apache Attack Helicopters

Administration announced waiver of restrictions on delivery of Apaches in April
Sen. Pat Leahy (D., Vt.) / AP

A U.S. senator is blocking the delivery of 10 U.S. Apache attack helicopters urgently sought by the Egyptian government since last spring to battle al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

U.S. Lifts Ban on Attack Helicopters for Egypt

Shipment follows new threat by al Qaeda leader to conduct attacks on Egyptian security forces
Egyptian air force Apache helicopters / AP

The Obama administration has reversed course and will send Egypt new Apache attack helicopters that were urgently requested by Cairo in March to counter the growing threat from al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Obama administration rejects urgent appeal from Egypt to deliver Apache attack helicopters
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meets with Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi

The Obama administration has turned down an urgent appeal from Egypt’s government for the delivery of U.S. Apache attack helicopters needed for counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.