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Israeli defence official in Cairo to discuss security in Sinai

Arab World Materials 14 August 2011 18:38 (UTC +04:00)
An Israeli Defence Ministry official arrived in Cairo Sunday to discuss the security situation in the Sinai peninsula, after Egypt boosted its troop presence there, dpa reported.
Israeli defence official in Cairo to discuss security in Sinai

An Israeli Defence Ministry official arrived in Cairo Sunday to discuss the security situation in the Sinai peninsula, after Egypt boosted its troop presence there, dpa reported.

Amos Gilad, director of policy and political-military affairs at the ministry, arrived for a visit that will last just a few hours. It was his third visit to Egypt in August.

He is also expected to discuss Palestinian reconciliation, an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, held by the Islamist movement Hamas and hundreds of Palestinians detained in Israel.

Hundreds of troops were recently deployed in Sinai, in an unprecedented move to secure the border area after attacks on the police.

The military reinforcements are said to be part of a military operation, named Operation Eagle, to track down those behind the attacks.

In July, five people were killed when dozens of gunmen tried to storm a police station in al-Arish. The gunmen and hundreds more, reported to be Islamists, were wearing black and carrying black flags reading "There is no God but God."

Egypt's military has detained 15 people suspected of involvement in clashes between gunmen and police in northern Sinai, including 10 Palestinians.

Following the attack flyers were distributed in the peninsula, threatening more attacks on police. The flyers were signed "Al-Qaeda in Sinai."

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