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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reports of Failed Attack on Cairo Synagogue

There are somewhat confusing reports of what may have been a molotov cocktail thrown at Cairo's ‘Adly Street synagogue from a hotel across the street. Here's one account. Not surprisingly it's getting attention in Israel; this Ha'aretz report and video makes it sound rather amateurish, as if the attacker dropped his suitcase with the bottle explosives and the fire remained across the street from the synagogue. Jerusalem Post account here. It sounds amateurish at best, and the security services seem to have turned out in force in response.

This looks like an isolated incident, though the government recently accused an underground Islamist group of planning to attack the tomb of Rabbi Yaacov Abuhatzira in the Nile Delta, a site of Jewish pilgrimage.

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