Egyptian cabinet to meet to discuss border security

August 22, 2011 14:16


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CAIRO - Egypt's cabinet was due on Monday to discuss growing lawlessness along the border with Israel as pressure grows for a tough response to the killing of five Egyptian security personnel that has inflamed tension between the two neighbors.

The Egyptians were killed as Israeli troops repelled gunmen who killed eight people near Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday. Egypt blamed the deaths of its security personnel on Israel, said it breached their 1979 peace treaty and announced it would recall its ambassador in protest.

Israel expressed its regret for the deaths, but pressure was growing in Egypt for sterner sanctions.

A group of politicians including former Arab League head Amr Moussa and other candidates for Egypt's presidency called on Monday for the immediate return of the Egyptian ambassador, more troops in Sinai and trials in Egypt for Israelis responsible for the killings.

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