Egypt and Israel coordinating on security sweep against militants
Egypt and Israel are making a coordinated effort to sweep the Sinai border area for militants. Since the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, militants may have gained a foothold in Sinai.
Egypt and Israel are coordinating on Cairo's biggest security sweep in decades against militants in Sinai, in which 32 people have been killed, an army spokesman said on Saturday, the first clear statement on communication between the neighbours.Skip to next paragraph
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Israeli officials have privately voiced concern about heavy military equipment being sent toSinai, which is subject to restrictions on the deployment of weapons under the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ali told a news conference in Cairo that 32 "criminal elements" were killed and 38 suspects arrested, including non-Egyptians, during the operation which began on Aug. 7.