Habbara sentenced to death for Rafah soldier murders
Adel Habbara during his trial - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: Adel Habbara and 24 others were sentenced to death Tuesday for the August 2013 murder of 25 soldiers in Rafah, Youm7 reported.

Publicly known as the “second Rafah massacre,” the group killing took place as 25 Central Security forces were returning home from North Sinai. Their truck was intercepted, and militants executed the soldiers.

Habbara was arrested in September 2013 in Arish, bringing to a close a 2-year run from justice, after he had escaped from the Wadi al-Natroun prison in a mass jail break during the January 25 Revolution. He was also charged with forming a cell in Sharqia linked to al-Qaida in Sinai. The Grand Mufti is scheduled to give his final decision on the verdict Dec. 6.

Security forces have undertaken special measures fearing terrorist reactions to the verdict in Rafah and Arish cities, Al-Badil reported Wednesday, coinciding with an explosion of a gas pipeline for the 26th time in Arish late Tuesday evening.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail and Mohamed Hussein.

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