Egypt prevents group from defacing Sinai monument to IDF soldiers (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By GABE FISHER 04/25/12)
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Action by Sinai Revolutionaries Movement would have contravened terms
of peace treaty
Egyptian forces prevented a group in the Sinai from painting the
colors of the Egyptian flag over an IDF monument in the northern end
of the peninsula on Wednesday, according to Egyptian media reports
quoted by Ynet.
Under the terms of the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Egypt is
responsible for maintaining the monument. In return, Israel erected
and preserves a memorial for fallen Egyptian soldiers in the Negev.
The monument, near El-Arish, was erected out of a large stone as a
memorial to 10 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in 1971, while
the territory was under Israeli control.
The action by the Sinai Revolutionaries Movement, reported by some
sources to be a Bedouin group, was planned to coincide with Sinai
Liberation Day, an Egyptian holiday commemorating the final pullout
of Israeli forces from the peninsula as part of the 1979 pact.
Wednesday is also Memorial Day in Israel, when the country remembers
its fallen soldiers.
According to the Ynet news website, several attempts have been made
to deface the monument, but Egyptian police have blocked them.
“We were warned by the El Arish police, but we are determined,” group
leader Mohammed Hendy was quoted on Army Radio as saying Wednesday
morning. “They put up a monument in our territory. We will turn it
into a graveyard for the invaders. The State of Israel does not
exist.” (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/25/12)
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