Egypt's military ends maneuvers in Sinai Peninsula

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 23, 2010 17:38

CAIRO — Egypt's armed forces on Sunday afternoon ended large scale military maneuvers in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel.

The official Middle East News Agency said the weeklong maneuvers, code-named "Badr-2010," included an exercise to cross the Suez Canal as well as a simulation of an offensive thrust deep into enemy territory.

MENA says that warplanes, helicopters, armored units, special forces and paratroopers took part in the exercises. The agency said Friday that similar drills were held in Sinai last week.

Israel has protested against such exercises in the past because it is portrayed as the enemy in the simulation. Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, under which Egypt agreed not to deploy major army units on parts of Sinai close to the Israeli border.


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