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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 …


Exchange of fire along Israel-Egypt border, says army

By AFP JERUSALEM: Israeli troops opened fire at a group of suspects along the Egyptian border on Tuesday, two of whom had crossed from Egypt, a military spokesman said, indicating that several of them were wounded. The incident took place 2:00 pm (1200 GMT), the army said. Also during the afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …


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 …


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. …


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 …


European MPs urge end to Sinai human trafficking

By AFP STRASBOURG: The European parliament called Thursday on Egypt to stamp out human trafficking in the Sinai and urged EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to make the issue a priority in ties with Cairo. In a resolution, MEPs also urged the Egyptian authorities to step in to protect a 25 year-old Eritrean called …


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. …


Egypt denies Al-Qaeda presence in Sinai

CAIRO: Egypt on Thursday denied the presence of Al-Qaeda members in Sinai, following charges by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that terror groups were mobilizing in the peninsula. "There are no members of the Al-Qaeda organization in Egypt. What has been said recently about members of the group being in Sinai is baseless," national security …


Interior Minister announces amnesty of all North Sinai detainees

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy announced during an interview with Egyptian television Tuesday night that he would grant amnesty to all political and criminal detainees in North Sinai. Residents of North Sinai have long complained of the treatment meted out to them by the security apparatus under the former regime, and this announcement …


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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