Egypt willing to buy weapons from Beduin to pacify Sinai

August 20, 2012 17:57


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Newly-appointed Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Monday that he would be willing to buy weapons from the Sinai Beduin as part of the campaign to regain control of the peninsula, according to Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

"The armed forces are committed to completely removing the weapons from Sinai, and are prepared to pay the value of the arms that the Beduin possess," al-Sisi was quoted as saying. 

This newly announced strategy comes in the wake of ongoing clashes between Beduin and security forces as the Cairo-based government tries to restore order in Sinai. 

The initial impetus for the government's campaign to regain control of the peninsula was an alleged Islamist attack on Egyptian security forces stationed in Sinai that left 16 members of the government forces dead.

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