Egypt increases number of guards on borders with Israel

Zeinab El-Gundy , Monday 8 Nov 2021

The Military Joint Committee between Egypt and Israel agreed to increase the number of Egyptian border guards at the Rafah border area with Israel, the Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Monday.

Egyptian Army soldiers guard the gates (Photo: Reuters)

According to the statement, the joint committee between the Egyptian and Israeli armies signed a security amendment to the 1978 Camp David Accords allowing the increase of the number of border guards as well as their capabilities in a specific area on the borders.

According to international news reports, the amendment was approved and ratified by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his cabinet.

The amendment allows the Egyptian Armed Forces to increase their presence in the region officially known in the peace agreement as ‘Area C.’

The Camp David Accords stipulate that Sinai is divided into three areas, and that Egypt is allowed a limited number of troops and arms in each of them.

Area C, the closest to Israel’s borders with Egypt, is the most restricted.

The exact number of Egyptian forces to be added was not disclosed whether in the Egyptian or Israeli statements.

Egypt has already increased the presence of the Egyptian army in the region following the increase of terrorist attacks in North Sinai, where hundreds of military and police personnel as well as civilians have been killed.

In response, hundreds of terrorists were killed as well in military operations against militant groups.

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