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Israel, Egypt in talks over Sinai campaign
Published Wednesday 22/08/2012 (updated) 24/08/2012 20:42
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EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Israel and Egypt are negotiating over allowing increased forces into the Sinai, after Israeli officials complained about the buildup of armor in the region.

An Egyptian military source said Wednesday that both sides were meeting at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The talks have generated "remarkable progress," the source told Ma'an.

Israeli officials say Egypt has violated the terms of the Camp David agreement, which limits Egyptian military activity in Sinai. Egyptian officials say they have to continue the buildup.

Speaking to Ma'an, an Egyptian army source said officials had met with Israeli military leaders in the Kerem Shalom area at least six times over the past three days.

The source said Israel was worried about the instability in the Sinai, and the buildup of forces to counter it.

Israel has indicated that it understands Egypt's position even though it opposes some of the weaponry being brought into the Sinai, the official explained.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The activity follows an attack on a police barracks near Rafah in which 16 Egyptian officers were killed.

Egypt is believed to have increased its military presence in Sinai after the Aug. 5 attack, and sent tanks and aircraft to the area without seeking Israeli permission first.

Egypt blamed the border attack on "Islamic militants" and has launched a joint army-police operation that has raided militant hideouts, arrested their members and seized weapons.

A Sinai-based Islamist militant organization, the Salafi Jihadi Group, warned the Egyptian army last week that the crackdown on jihadis in the area would force it to fight back.

There have been frequent reports of attacks on police and army checkpoints since the crackdown began, but often without casualties.
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1 ) shirley / australia
23/08/2012 01:50
so much for the great revolution in EGYPT it is fast becoming its former self under the thumb of ISREAL and should have thought out its stupid SINAI assault if it was not going to use the opportunity to ehance its soverignty over SINAI to which the camp DAVID agreement stipped EGYPT of that US ever wrote this disaterous agreement shows the extent and one sided US view and agenda in ME this agreement is acomplete failure from all standpoints and is total humiliation and subdigation of EGYPT

2 ) Joe Fattal / USA
23/08/2012 02:43
The situation in the area is deteriorating, between Syria, and now Israel about attacking Iran and Iran about retaliating, Egypt is just ahead of the game if found itself caught in the fight. Also they are securing Egypt borders from the militants in the Sinai and in a way helping Israel from been attack from the militants from the Sinai. So what Israel is complaining about?.

3 ) LOL where does EGYPT / find the MONEY
23/08/2012 10:56
for all those vehicles

What about FOOD for 89 millions HUNGRY EGYTIANS???

4 ) Dan Epps / USA
25/08/2012 21:54
Israel retreated from Sinai in exchange for peace and for keeping Sinai demilitarized. All exceptions must be mutually agreed. Egyptian military knows that in order to keep Sinai under Egyptian control, the agreement must be strictly followed, whether the Muslim Brotherhood likes it or not.
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