Egypt says Israel’s apology is not enough

Ahram Online, Monday 22 Aug 2011

Israeli president apologises for the border shootings, but Cairo thinks more is needed


Cairo says that Israel’s apology for the death of Egyptian soldiers at the border is not enough to contain public anger in Egypt, stressing that the investigations into the incident must have a deadline.

Following a meeting between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the government’s crisis-handling committee, Major General Ahmed Youssef Abdel Nabi stated that Israel has to take actions, more powerful than a mere apology.

“Israel has to unveil the actions that it will take to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future,” he said on state TV. “Egypt is solely responsible for Sinai’s security and it refuses any interference in this matter.”

Five Egyptian soldiers were killed and two more injured by Israeli troops last Thursday while Israel was chasing “terrorists.” Both countries are still investigating the incident to obtain more details.

The Egyptian state news agency MENA reported that Israeli president Shimon Peres has offered his condolences to the soldiers’ families and made an official apology for the incident, which he described as a “mistake.”

“None of us wanted nor will want in the future for an Egyptian soldier to be killed, even in these difficult situations,” he said.

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