Tags: Israel | troops | egypt

Israel to OK Thousands of Egyptian Troops in Sinai

Friday, 26 Aug 2011 06:51 AM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will agree to let Egypt deploy thousands of troops in the Sinai to tighten security after a deadly border attack by gunmen that strained relations between the two countries, the Economist reported on Friday.

Their 1979 peace treaty allows only a small presence of lightly armed Egyptian border guards in a demilitarized Sinai and also curbs Israeli deployment on its side of the frontier.

The Economist reported that Barak said Israel would also allow Egyptian helicopters and armoured vehicles into Sinai but no tanks other than one battalion already stationed there.

Officials in the Israeli Defense Ministry and prime minister's office declined comment on the report by the London-based weekly news magazine.

The killing last week of eight Israelis near the southern seaside resort of Eilat by militants Israel said infiltrated from the Gaza Strip via the Sinai stoked Israeli fears of Cairo losing its grip on the sprawling desert peninsula since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in February.

With Israel's agreement to temporary reinforcements, Egypt had already beefed up its forces in the Sinai and had been waging an offensive against militants in the area before the cross-border assault.

Barak's latest reported comments appeared to go a step further, suggesting open-ended deployment.

Five Egyptian security men were killed in clashes between Israeli troops and the gunmen, seven of whom were killed.

Israel has offered to conduct a joint investigation into the deaths of the Egyptians in the incident, which triggered anti-Israeli protests in Cairo.

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Barak was cautious about the effect a bolstered Egyptian military presence would have on securing Sinai. "I am not very optimistic that it will all change in a matter of weeks," Barak said.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Rig Electoral College

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:54 PM

The campaign to effectively end the Electoral College's role in presidential elections has received an additional boost  . . .

Obama: Further Sanctions Against Russia Possible

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:17 PM

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Russia can expect further sanctions if it steps up support for separatists in . . .

Government Causes Generic Drug Shortage, Critics Say

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 16:49 PM

A proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on product labeling will exacerbate shortages of generic drugs already resu . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved