Armed Beduins cut road to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

May 28, 2011 03:02


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CAIRO - Armed Beduin tribesmen blocked a main road to Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday to press the government to free jailed kinsmen, security sources and witnesses said.

Incidents of lawless behavior have increased since police deserted the streets at the height of the uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down on Feb. 11. There is still almost no effective policing in Sinai.

The latest incident could further dent tourism, a main source of income for Egypt's economy. It began around noon when dozens of gunmen placed burning tires and makeshift barricades in the middle of the road at Wadi Feiran near the Gulf of Suez.

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