Violence breaks out between Fatah exiles, Bedouins in Sinai (WORLD TRIBUNE) CAIRO, EGYPT 12/21/10)
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CAIRO ó Egypt has been struggling to contain clashes between
Palestinians and Bedouins in the troubled Sinai Peninsula.
Security sources said Palestinians from the ruling Fatah movement
have been battling Bedouin tribes around the northern Sinai capital
of El Arish. They said both sides have used automatic weapons and
other firearms in fighting that erupted from an alleged Palestinian
assault on a Bedouin girl.
About 150 members of the Palestinian Authority´s Preventive Security
Apparatus have been in El Arish since 2007. The PSA officers escaped
the Hamas assault and takeover of the Gaza Strip for haven in
"Security forces have been stationed at key points around El Arish,"
a security source said.
The sources said the battle between the Bedouin tribe of Al Khadri
and Fatah gunmen began in late December. They said the clashes,
sparked by the beating of a Bedouin girl, has resulted in the
shooting of one person. Bedouin leaders have demanded tens of
thousands of dollars in compensation for the assault.
Egyptian security forces have been reinforced throughout El Arish and
the rest of northeastern Sinai amid attempts to smuggle weapons to
the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. On Dec. 19, security forces were
said to have found and confiscated an arms cache about 10 kilometers
west of the Gaza-Sinai border.
The sources said the cache in the town of Sheik Zwayid contained
weapons and explosives, including grenades and artillery shells.
Egypt has reported a series of weapons seizures in central and
eastern Sinai this year. (Copyright © 2010 East West Services, Inc.
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