Hamas Increases Border Security, No Alcohol for U.K. Soccer Team’s Security Operatives, Muslim Leaders Tour to Oppose Terro

Hamas Increases Border Security, No Alcohol for U.K. Soccer Team’s Security Operatives, Muslim Leaders Tour to Oppose Terrorism, and More
  • Hamas security forces heightened security measures along the Gaza-Sinai border, Hamas national security chief Tawfiq Abu Naim said on Saturday, a day after a deadly attack left at least 23 Egyptian soldiers dead in the northern half of the Sinai. He said the increased security measures are focused on preventing "any infiltration operations or smuggling of wanted people." Egypt has long maintained that Islamist militants move between Gaza and the Sinai, reports the Jerusalem Post.
     
  • Security staff protecting the Manchester United soccer team on its pre-season tour of America will have to observe a complete alcohol ban for the full duration of the 18-day stay, according to The Daily Mail. The specialists hired by United for the trip—which are in addition to regular security provided by U.S. authorities—will be sent home immediately if they have a drink, even when they have finished a shift. United's security is provided by Controlled Events Solutions, and personnel will protect the squad until its return home on July 27. United will have a week's training in California before playing its first match on July 15 against LA Galaxy.
     
  • Muslim leaders launched a European bus tour in Paris on Saturday to express opposition to terrorism in the name of Islam, reports Politico. Under the banner "Muslims' march against terrorism," imams from around Europe and North Africa plan to visit sites of recent terrorist attacks, starting at the Champs Elysees and passing through Germany, Belgium, and other parts of France over the next week. The initiative is the brainchild of Chalghoumi and Marek Halter, a French-Jewish writer and intellectual. About 30 imams were on the bus departing from Paris on Saturday, according to Reuters, with around 60 expected to participate in total, from countries including France, the United Kingdom., Tunisia, Belgium and Portugal.
     
  • In other news, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that The Department of Defense (DOD) has identified an Infrastructure Manager for the Chemical and Biological Defense Program and is implementing a three-phased process to identify and define the roles and responsibilities for the position. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said the government will beef up security in the country and there will be no lapse in security following the death of Internal Security Cabinet Secretary General Joseph Nkaissery on Saturday. Indian Railways will install bar-coded flap gates at its stations, similar to those used for rider access in Kolkata and Delhi Metro services. And airborne drones may be the answer to public safety policing, according to a South African drone manufacturer.