In a statement released to jihadist forums today, the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) said that it would not stand idly by as Egyptian authorities build a wall around the city of el Arish in North Sinai.

Earlier this week, Egyptian media outlets reported that authorities had begun the construction of a wall around el Arish to help stop the infiltration of militants.

In its statement, Ansar Jerusalem said that since June 30, 2013, Egyptians, in particular those in the Sinai, have been living through a period of oppression and tyranny at the hands of the current regime. The jihadist group also reiterated that it is “in a state of war” with the Egyptian army, which it described as the “puppet army of the Zionist enemy.” […]