Egypt's Sinai security forces say plan crackdown

By REUTERS
August 13, 2011 19:33

 
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ISMAILIA, Egypt - Security forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula say they are launching an operation to control those behind a series of attacks in the northern town of el-Arish and stations that export gas to Israel.

Witnesses in el-Arish said they saw armored vehicles, tanks and armed security personnel arriving in Sinai on Friday. Some said there were increased security measures on the Suez Canal. Authorities said there was no disruption to canal traffic.

"Troops have arrived to support the implementation of random raids to arrest suspects involved in the recent police station attack ... as well as the perpetrators of bombing operations and outlaws," said a security source.

Attacks on Egypt's energy infrastructure have escalated since President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in February. The main target has been the North Sinai pipeline, which also supplies Jordan.

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