Israeli envoy arrives in Cairo to discuss Sinai security

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

Israeli envoy arrives in Cairo Wednesday to address border security amid increased Sinai militancy

An Israeli security official arrived in Egypt Wednesday afternoon to meet with a number of high-level Egyptian counterparts.

Talks with the Israeli envoy will be centred on security logistics in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula amid growing lawlessness since the 2011 popular uprising that swept former president Hosni Mubarak from power.

Last May, seven Egyptian security personnel were kidnapped by unknown Islamist militants. Abductors demanded the release of members of an Islamist group convicted last December of carrying out a string of attacks in North Sinai in 2011, which killed seven people.

The abducted soldiers were released six days later in advance of an imminent military operation, but the incident has highlighted concerns over freer rein for Jihadists in the peninsula.

In August 2012, 16 Egyptian border guards were killed by militants along the border with Gaza and Israel before the assailants stole an armoured vehicle in an attempt to storm across the border.

Egypt's military presence in the Sinai Peninsula is limited under its 1978 Camp David peace treaty with Israel.

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