Egypt Army Captures 6 Terrorists in Sinai (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 08/11/12)
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The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as "terrorists"
in the Sinai, following this week’s attack on a police station that
killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, Reuters reported
The report quoted a military source as having told state television
that six militants had been captured in the Sheikh Zuwaid area, where
on Wednesday Egyptian warplanes fired rockets at suspected militant
Separately, an army official was quoted as having told the Al-Ahram
newspaper that preparations were underway to raid the mountainous
Jebel El Halal region in Central Sinai in order to purge it of
A witness told Reuters that several army tanks were heading towards
al-Arish on Friday, the main administrative center in North Sinai.
More army reinforcements, including troops and tanks, had been sent
to Arish on Friday, Al-Ahram reported.
On Thursday, residents of Al Arish reported that the Egyptian
military has sent reinforcements of "unprecedented" size into the
peninsula. The forces reportedly include 60 tanks on 30 tank-
transporters, 12 armored personnel carriers, 15 additional armored
vehicles, more than 20 armored jeeps and 10 Military Police jeeps.
The Israeli Cabinet voted on Thursday to approve an Egyptian request
to send in helicopters to the Sinai Peninsula. The approval was given
for a period of several days and allows five aircraft to enter the
region. The move is designed to assist Egypt in its military
operation against terrorist elements in the Sinai.
Under the peace agreements signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979,
the Sinai Peninsula is to be a demilitarized zone and Israeli
approval is required for Egypt to send in military forces to the
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who took office in June, has vowed
to avenge the deaths of the 16 soldiers who were killed in Sunday
night’s terror attack.
Reuters reported that Morsi arrived in al-Arish on Friday to assess
the security situation. He was accompanied by Defense Minister Field
Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Sami Enan, the chief-of-staff of the
armed forces. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/11/12)
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