CAIRO: Clashes erupted between security forces and Bedouin tribesmen in Central Sinai Tuesday that led to the injury of a central security soldier.
Security forces had converged on the areas of Wadi El-Umr and Abu Ojeila to search and arrest tribesmen wanted for various offences and gunfire was exchanged when security forces attempted to approach one suspect’s house.
Additionally, clashes also erupted Tuesday between two Bedouin tribes, the Tarabin and the Ayayada over suspicions that the latter tribe were complicit in informing the police on the whereabouts of Ahmed Eid, who was wanted for the murder of a senior police officer in Suez.
Gunfire was also exchanged in this incident, with the injury of one of the sons of one of the elders of the Ayayda tribe.
Eid was later killed in a shootout with police forces in Sinai. Eid was a member of the Tarabin tribe, who believe that Eid was killed by one of the Ayayda clansmen under orders from security forces.
“The situation is tense between the state and tribes, and there is a lot of mistrust, and it also involves tribal disputes between the Tarabin and Ayayada, Sinai Tagammu party member Khalil Jabr Sawarkeh told Daily News Egypt Wednesday.
“There is a belief that they could have arrested Eid and put him on trial instead of him being killed in the shootout, he added.