Egyptian police arrest 7 Palestinians in Sinai
Published Wednesday 05/02/2014 (updated) 06/02/2014 15:32
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Egyptian authorities said Wednesday that security forces detained seven Palestinians who were allegedly caught in the Sinai after they crossed the borders illegally through smuggling tunnels.
Egyptian security sources told Ma’an in el-Arish in North Sinai that seven men aged 27-43 were arrested by traffic police in the Chalets area by the beach in el-Arish. They were taken for questioning in a military base in the city.
Separately, Egyptian police arrested a Palestinian who continued to live in Rafah in North Sinai after his Egyptian visa expired.
Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in the Sinai in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.
The military action came in the wake of rising instability and almost daily attacks in the region, following the July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the armed forces.
Part of the campaign has included targeting Palestinians in Egypt and tightening a hold on Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, a faction ideologically linked to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party.