Monday, August 6, 2012

Egypt army vows to avenge deadly Sinai attack

The Egyptian army vowed Monday to "avenge" the killing of 16 guards by gunmen near the Israeli border, as President Mohammed Mursi ordered security forces to take full control of the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula on the frontier.

In Sunday's attack, gunmen in Bedouin attire drove up to a border post and opened fire before crossing into the Jewish state in an armored vehicle, Egyptian officials said. Israel said five gunmen were killed on its side.

The 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, under which Israel withdrew from the Sinai, which it had occupied in the 1967 Middle East war, set strict limits on Egyptian troop numbers in the peninsula.

Read more: Daily Star


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