Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s uncompromising war on terrorism, especially along the border with the Gaza Strip, seems to be bearing fruit. It is a war that is being waged away from the spotlight and with almost no reaction from the international community.
This situation is a perfect example of how the international community and the United Nations do not care about the “plight” of the Palestinians as long as Israel is not involved. Sisi’s war on terrorism has thus far failed to spark the same uproar, if any, that is often triggered by Israeli military operations against Hamas and its smuggling tunnels.
As a result of this war — which began in 2013, shortly after Sisi came to power, with the destruction of hundreds of smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip — Hamas and other armed groups are now more isolated than ever.
But it is not only the isolation that worries Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip.
Rather, it is that Egypt’s tough security measures –which include the destruction of more than 1700 tunnels and the creation of a security zone along its border with the Gaza Strip — have brought the smuggling of weapons to a near halt.