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Friday, August 19, 2011

Tensions Still High in Sinai as Egypt Protests to Israel

Several Egyptian policemen have been killed along the Egyptian-Israeli border; it's still not clear whether they were killed by Israeli fire aimed at militants inside Sinai, or by militants when they tried to block their retreating back into Sinai; but Egypt has strongly protested to Israel; in addition to three border police killed in this clash, another policeman was killed by militants eyesterday as well. Tensions have rarely been this high in recent decades.

Egyptian-Israeli tensions are rising, but the real problem is the growing instability in Sinai, which Egypt blames on  Al-Qa‘ida elements.

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