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Military tanks retreat to secondary zone in Sinai

Following reports of an extensive military operation in Sinai Wednesday, Egypt's armed forces order the retreat of tanks from the Egypt-Gaza border

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Aug 2012
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Egyptian border guards patrol near border with Israel in Rafah, Egypt, August(Photo: AP)
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Egypt’s armed forces command on Thursday ordered its military tanks to retreat from their positions in Sinai's “Zone A” to “Zone B,” approximately 50 kilometres away from the Rafah border crossing.

The towns of Balouza and Bair El-Abd are included in the “Zone B”, one of four vertical partitions of the Sinai Penninsula drawn up according to a stipulation in the Camp David Peace Treaty.

The move comes a day after what was reported to be an extensive manoeuvre by “Operation Eagle” in which 23 suspected terrorists were arrested and 11 killed.

The armed forces also confiscated a large amount of ammunition, including four machine guns, five boxes of Israeli ammunition, six hand grenades, five anti-tank mines and a BM-21 launch vehicle, according to a military official who revealed the information in a statement on Egyptian TV early Wednesday morning.

Commenting on Thursday’s move, a military source stated that it does not in any way represent the end of its military operation in Sinai since the deadly 5 August attack that killed 16 Egyptian border guards. There was “no longer any need for them (the tanks) in their previous position,” the source said.

Observers have said that the move heeds to Israel’s demands, as deployments earlier this month had brought complaints from Israel, as the peace treaty between the two countries bans heavy weapons from a zone along the Egypt-Israel border.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday announced that he expected the Egyptian army to withdraw its reinforcements from the peninsula at the end of its operation.

He also said Israel had "several reservations" over Egypt's deployment of reinforcements, some of which fell outside the terms of the 1979 peace treaty that limits the number of Egyptian troops in Sinai.

In Wednesday’s statement, the Egyptian military official claimed that the operation, which was originally aimed at securing vital establishments in Sinai, became a combat engagement with militants that will continue until "all terrorist and criminal activity is quashed."

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joe gilbert
03-09-2012 06:02pm
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fantastic descoveries amazing people the Egyptians looks like the more we descover the more we are amazed at their accomplishments
people the Egyptians looks like the more we descover the more we are amazed,makes me feel like my generation is rather behind the curve. we seem to be to busy boxing to cooperate with each other to accomplish the amazing, oh!well maybe next year but we have to much to repair to work on the future. damn we destroyed our earth now fix it first.
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Aladdin
31-08-2012 05:09pm
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Drug Smuggling
It is all about multi-million illegal drug money sold by Iran/Afghanistan opiom. Lack of sufficient force in SInai allowed Iran's poppet Hamas to be the local Drug Lord. Drugs are distributed from Aqabah to Arabia and to Europe from Malahat (salt pans) near Port Said. Allah Akber.
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