Counterterrorism observatory: EOHR condemns the attack to a checkpoint at “Karam Qaradis”, in AlSheikh Zuid and calls for the implementation of the Security Council resolution on the international funding of terrorism

October 25th, 2014 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns AlArish terrorist incident, which took place on Friday 24 October 2014. A checkpoint in “Karam Qaradis”, AlSheikh Zuid, was attacked killing 28 martyrs and injuring 26 from the security forces.

EOHR calls for the quick arrest of the perpetrators, in order to bring them before justice, and asks the government for the implementation of the Security Council resolution 2178 (24 September 2014) “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” related to international funding of terrorism, hostilities against the state and attack of the army and security forces. The resolution recognizes that “addressing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters requires comprehensively addressing underlying factors, including by preventing radicalization to terrorism, stemming recruitment, inhibiting foreign terrorist fighter travel, disrupting financial support to foreign terrorist fighters, countering violent extremism, which can be conducive to terrorism, countering incitement to terrorist acts motivated by extremism or intolerance, promoting political and religious tolerance, economic development and social cohesion and inclusiveness, ending and resolving armed conflicts, and facilitating reintegration and rehabilitation”.

Karam Qaradis checkpoint in AlSheikh Zuid was attacked first through a mortar shell, then a terrorist entered the checkpoint with a car bomb which caused a huge explosion, also because the checkpointed contained ammunitions. This brought to the death of 28 and the injury of 26 from the security forces.

EOHR offers sincere condolences to the families of the army soldiers “martyrs of duty”, asserting that war to terrorism is a long time battle which needs the support of the whole society and international community. It also calls for an effective and quick strategy to arrest the terrorists involved in such criminal acts and refer them to trial to implement the rule of law to avoid that others be tempted to commit the same crimes. This strategy has to include all the means that secure the protection of the policemen and the army from the systematic attacks of these groups.

Hafez Abo Seada, president of the Organization, asserted that the death of Egyptian soldiers, among the police forces and the army, and innocent citizens violates the fundamental human rights, as the right to life, freedom and personal security, stressing that Egypt has to work hard in order to eradicate terrorism and eliminate this phenomenon that is trying to tamper with the destiny of this nation.

Moreover, EOHR proposes to the Egyptian authorities some elements of the strategy to prevent terrorists from committing these crimes:

  1. Adequately securing police and army vehicles;
  2. Importing and using modern technological devices that can detect explosives at distance;
  3. Intensifying the gathering of information in order to combat transnational crime, especially because these groups are linked to international groups which commit crimes abroad;
  4. Strengthening security on the borders, in North Sinai to prevent the incursion of these groups in the country, and outside it to get weapons and carry out terrorist acts.

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