Egypt Deploys More Troops in Sinai (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/07/12)
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Egypt´s Interior Ministry on Saturday said it is boosting its
security deployment at the northern Sinai Peninsula.
According to Cairo´s regional commander Salah al-Masri, 150 special
police forces were deployed to the area near the border with Israel.
al-Masri said a "comprehensive new security scheme" which "includes
massive efforts to secure the gas pipeline connecting Egypt to Israel
and Jordan" is being implemented.
The Bethlehem-based Ma´an News Agency reported Israel allowed
Egyptian officials to dispatch seven military regiments - which could
include thousands of troops - to the Sinai in order to curb the
growing terror threat in the region.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has already allowed large deployments of
Egyptian troops into all three of Sinai´s security zones on the
pretext of increased counter-terror operations.
A senior IDF source who spoke with Arutz Sheva on condition of
anonymity said Cairo´s previous deployments were sufficient to secure
Egypt´s side of the border - emphasizing more deployments were
Before dawn on Thursday, at least two Grad rockets were fired from
the Sinai at the southern Israel resort town of Eilat. One rocket
exploded while a second was found in an open area near Eilat Saturday.
That led Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to charge the Sinai had
become a "launch pad for terror" since President Hosni Mubarak´s
ouster in April 2011.
Egyptian officials charged Israel is responsible for Egypt´s security
vacuum in the Sinai and claimed "the only solution" is to renogotiate
the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. .
Under the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty the Sinai Peninsula is
divided into three security zones in which Cairo can only deploy
troops with Israel´s consent.
Analysts say Cairo, which made numerous threats to scrap the treaty
in the post-Mubarak era, are seeking to use purported security
failures as political leverage.
Cairo´s own security director for Sinai, Mahamoud El-Hefnawy, told
Egyptian media on Thursday that "the situation in the southern sector
"There are regular patrols and stakeouts across all roads. If anyone
seems suspect they are stopped for inspections meant to stop any
terrorist elements from entering the area," he added.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/07/12)
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