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Egypt defence minister en route to Sinai before announcement of border attack suspects

General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to meet with military and Bedouin tribal leaders in Sinai under Operation Eagle to weed out perpetrators of the Israeli-Egyptian border attack; suspects expected to be named soon

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Aug 2012
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General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt’s newly appointed Minister of Defence, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, is set to visit South Sinai on Monday as part of "Operation Eagle" which aims to restabilise security in the Sinai Peninsula following deadly attacks on the Israeli-Egyptian border on 5 August.

Sixteen Egyptian border guards were killed and seven others wounded in the attack that the armed forces blame on militants, who according to Egyptian authorities belong to Jihadist groups.

Marking his second visit to the peninsula since the attacks, El-Sisi is set to meet with heads of military security as well as the chiefs of Bedouin tribes, the local inhabitants of the peninsula.

Regarding the pressure to name perpetrators and hand down a judgment swiftly, a military source insists to Al-Ahram Arabic-language news site that the investigations and the crackdown under Operation Eagle are in progress.

The Ministry of Defence is expected to hold a press conference once the investigations are completed, which is expected to be soon. The suspects will be named in the press conference and Operation Eagle would then be terminated.

The source asserted that for the time being it is premature to reveal any leads in the ongoing investigations because they may harm the process.

“El-Sisi and President Mohamed Morsi are in constant consultations, and the military central command is closely evaluating the military operation within military central command," added the source.

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