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Monday, January 31, 2011

Egyptian troops in Sinai for the first time in 30 years

Israel gave Egypt permission to send troops to Sinai for the first time in 30 years. Under the Camp David treaty between Israel and Egypt, the Egyptians are forbidden from stationing troops in Sinai. The troops were allowed to deploy in Sinai for riot control.
For the first time since the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, Israel responded favorable to an Egyptian request to bring the army into the Sinai peninsula in order to control the unrest that has gripped Egypt for a week.

Israeli sources told the Associated Press that two battalions were deployed in the Sharm El-Sheikh area at the southern tip of the peninsula, on Sunday.
According to Israel Radio, Knesset speaker Ruby Rivlin (Likud) has asked the Knesset's legal counsel to check whether the government has a right to allow the Egyptians to send troops into Sinai, or whether it's a violation of the treaty, even with Israeli approval.

UPDATE 11:19 PM

More reasons for concern here.

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2 Comments:

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

2 Battalions withing very easy striking reach of an Israeli city (Eilat). How nice.

Now after this mess how do you get them to leave?

 
At 3:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

It was either that or allow the MB-Hamas to run wild in Sinai, a development in neither country's interest.

 

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