Russia Dismisses Bomb ‘Speculation’ in Egypt Jet Crash

Spokesperson says only official investigation can determine what brought Metrojet airliner down in Sinai Peninsula Russia has dismissed any theories about what caused the Russian plane to crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as “speculation” after British and US officials said a bomb may have brought down the plane. Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson, said on Thursday that only the official investigation can determine what happened. He said “any other proposed explanations seem like unverified information or some sort of speculation”. Peskov also said Russian planes were continuing to fly to and from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, despite Ireland and Britain suspending flights. His comments came a day after Philip Hammond, UK foreign secretary, said that there was a “significant possibility” the crash was caused by a bomb. After a meeting  on Wednesday of the British government’s crisis committee, COBRA, Hammond said Britain was advising its citizens not to go on...

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Deadly Attacks Hit Egypt’s Sinai

At least 35 people killed as ISIL group attacks police posts in Sheikh Zuweid and El-Arish, sources tell Al Jazeera At least 35 people have been killed in ongoing attacks on several military checkpoints and police stations in Egypt’s northern Sinai, security sources and witnesses have told Al Jazeera. About 70 fighters of a group calling itself the Province of Sinai simultaneously attacked several targets in the area on Wednesday, the sources said. At least 22 of the fighters were killed and three of their vehicles were destroyed, the sources added. Egypt’s air force deployed fighter jets to the region to assist the army in the ongoing battle, Al Jazeera has learned. RELATED: The battle for the Sinai There were also reports that Israel has closed down its shared border crossings with Egypt. Sources told Al Jazeera that all Egyptian security forces at two checkpoints at Sheikh Zuweid were killed. The mortuary in El-Arish received...

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