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A country of walls: An interview with Talal Okal

After 13 attempts to blow up pipelines supplying fuel to Israel and to Jordan from Egypt, a worsening security situation in Sinai, Gaza-based political commentator Talal Okal explains that it’s become difficult to maintain control over the area. In an exclusive interview with Bitterlemons International, Okal relays how this has affected residents of the Gaza …

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Challenges and opportunities

By Yoram Meital Developments in the Sinai Peninsula during the past year clearly reflect dramatic changes in Egypt and highlight the delicate situation at the Israeli-Gazan-Egyptian border junction. Egypt is passing through a transition stage characterized by political power struggles, unprecedented deterioration in domestic security and a worsening economic plight. Most of the forces operating …

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Sinai spring? Not really

By Normand St. Pierre The Sinai Peninsula is beautiful, blessed by wonderful beaches, high-reaching mountains, a desert that changes color with the moving sun, and natural resources aplenty. It is also a land on which warriors have moved back and forth, leaving behind all manner of munitions and mines. Enjoying the beauty and enduring the conflicts …

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New blast hits Sinai gas pipeline: officials

By AFP CAIRO: An explosion on Monday hit a pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel and Jordan, marking the 14th such attack since 2011, security officials said. According to witnesses, masked gunmen in two cars dug a hole near the pipeline in the Al-Midan area close to the north Sinai town of Al-Arish, placed …

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Egypt denies rocket was fired from Sinai

By Agencies CAIRO/JERUSALEM: Egypt denied in an official statement Thursday that the rocket that slammed into the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat was fired from the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian officials said publicly that the attack was not staged from Sinai. Mahmud al-Hifnawy, south Sinai’s security chief told AFP there had been no attack from …

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In Sinai, militant Islam flourishes quietly

By Tamim Elyan / Reuters NORTH SINAI: The group of 50 young men who had blocked off access to a small international military base in the Sinai desert would say nothing of who they were but their appearance held a few clues. Dressed in army fatigues and armed with AK-47s, they wore the long beards of …

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Egyptians lift blockade of peace force base in Sinai

By Yusri Mohamed / Reuters CAIRO: Egyptians who had surrounded the base of an international peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula lifted their blockade on Wednesday after negotiations with the Egyptian authorities, a security source said. The Egyptians from the town of Rafah near the border with the Gaza Strip had blocked access to the …

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Kidnappers free 2 Brazilian women in Sinai

By Ashraf Sweilam / AP AL-ARISH: Armed tribesmen freed two Brazilian women and an Egyptian police officer who was with them late Sunday, hours after abducting them in the Sinai desert, a security official said. The head of security in Egypt’s south Sinai, Mahmoud Hefnawi, said the two tourists and the police officer were released unharmed. …

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Two Brazilian tourists kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai

By Reuters ISMAILIA: Gunmen kidnapped two Brazilian tourists travelling through Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Sunday after a visit to an isolated mountain monastery, security sources said. The gunmen were believed to be Bedouin who wanted hostages to negotiate the release of prisoners held by the government, the sources said. They stopped a bus carrying a group …

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Egypt’s military struggles with Sinai, its white elephant

By Samer Al-Atrush / AFP CAIRO: A Bedouin siege of an international peacekeepers camp in Egypt’s Sinai underscores the ruling military’s weak grip over the restive frontier territory more than a year after an uprising shook the country. On Friday, eight days into the siege in the north of the peninsula, the ruling generals cajoled the …

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Sinai Bedouin lift siege on peacekeeper camp

By Reuters CAIRO: Dozens of Bedouin who had encircled a camp belonging to a multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula lifted their siege on Friday following negotiations with the Egyptian army, security and Bedouin sources said. The armed Bedouin had surrounded the camp belonging to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission for eight days …

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Armed Bedouins enter Sinai peace force camp

By Agencies CAIRO: Armed Bedouins have entered a military base used by international peacekeepers in Egypt’s Sinai region to pressure local authorities to release fellow tribesmen from jail, security and tribal sources said on Thursday. Sinai Bedouin complain of unfair treatment and government neglect and press their demands by blocking roads and occasionally taking tourists hostage, …

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Twin blasts hit Egypt gas pipeline

By Agencies CAIRO: Two explosions on Monday hit a pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel and Jordan, marking the 13th such attack in just over a year, security officials said. Six gunmen in an unmarked vehicle set explosives in two different parts of the pipeline, about 15 meters (yards) apart, one official told AFP. …

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Do fence me in: Israel closing Sinai loopholes

By Douglas Hamilton / Reuters SINAI BORDER, Israel: It may be only a “dumb” fence, but it’s a big one. Israel hopes it will protect the remote Sinai border from infiltration by enemies exploiting the wandering ways of Bedouin tribes and a perceived surge in lawlessness following Egypt’s political upheavals. When it is finished in 2013, …

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Israel kills armed infiltrator from Sinai

By AFP JERUSALEM: Israeli forces engaged in a firefight overnight with gunmen who infiltrated from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, killing one, the Israeli military said on Tuesday. “Soldiers patrolling along the Israel-Egypt border identified a number of suspects who had infiltrated into Israel,” the military said in a statement. “The suspects fired at the soldiers, who …

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Gunmen attack Taba hotel, no injuries

CAIRO: Four armed men attacked a hotel in an Egyptian Red Sea resort popular with Israeli holidaymakers before fleeing when police returned fire, security sources and witnesses said on Tuesday. The men may have been trying to rob a jewelry shop at the hotel in the Taba Heights resort in South Sinai, the security sources …

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Israelis warned to avoid Sinai over Sukkot festival

JERUSALEM: Israelis were on Monday officially advised to steer clear of the Sinai peninsula in neighboring Egypt during the upcoming Jewish festival of Sukkot, the anti-terror bureau said in a statement. "In light of the upcoming holiday of Sukkot, the anti-terror bureau reiterates its severe travel warning in respect to the Sinai, and recommends against …

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Reports of Israeli takeover of Sinai exaggeration, says analyst

CAIRO: Yasser Othman, Egyptian envoy to the Palestinian Authority, has said that Israel may be planning a takeover of the Sinai Peninsula, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an. Othman suggested that Israel is trying to make the post-revolution Egyptian government appear unable to maintain security on the border region with Israel, as part of a …

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Egypt seizes large weapons cache in Sinai cave

  CAIRO: Egypt’s security forces on Thursday seized a large weapons cache including anti-aircraft missiles and an aircraft bomb, the official MENA news agency reported.   North Sinai security forces found 545 mortars, eight anti-aircraft missiles and a 70-kilogram (around 150-pound) aircraft bomb in a cave in the Sinai mountains, MENA said. There were no …

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Egypt troops deploy for Sinai raids: officials

CAIRO: Egyptian troops moved into a town on the Gaza border on Saturday for an anticipated operation against militants who attacked a gas pipeline to Israel and police stations, security officials said. The officials said tanks and more than 1,000 soldiers and policemen, deployed on Friday and Saturday, would try to restore order to a …

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Egypt turns back Rafah travelers after Sinai clashes

By AFP GAZA CITY: Egypt turned back 450 travelers seeking to cross at the Rafah border point after an attack on a Sinai police station, Hamas officials said on Sunday. The Hamas-run interior ministry said that the 450 would-be travelers, some of them patients seeking medical treatment, were turned back at the border on Saturday. …

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Two dead as armed men rampage through Sinai city

By AFP CAIRO: Two people were killed as dozens of armed men in cars waving flags with Islamic slogans rampaged through the north Sinai city of Al-Arish on Friday, an Egyptian health ministry official said. Around 150 men in trucks and on motorbikes fired assault rifles into the air, forcing terrified residents into their homes, …

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Armed Bedouins cut road to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh

CAIRO: Armed Bedouin tribesmen blocked a main road to Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Friday to press the government to free jailed kinsmen, security sources and witnesses said. Incidents of lawless behavior have increased since police deserted the streets at the height of the uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step …

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Sinai awaits future in trepidation but appears more unified

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein and Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Sinai was always a hotspot during the reign of the previous regime, but as the post-Mubarak era starts there appears to be a more binding unity amongst its people as they face their uncertain future. “The security apparatus of the previous regime used to use the rule of …

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Bedouins warn new NDP MP to address pressing issues in Sinai

CAIRO: Bedouins affiliated with opposition groups in North Sinai have warned new National Democratic Party (NDP) MP Suleiman Arada that he must seek solutions to pressing concerns of the Bedouin tribes. Arada himself is a member of the Sawarkeh tribe and won the recent parliamentary election against another NDP candidate Fayez Abu Harb from the …

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