Israel approves Egypt's request to increase forces in Sinai

July 15, 2013 22:12

Israel has approved a request by the Egyptian army to increase its forces in Sinai, following a rise in violence in the peninsula in recent weeks.

As a part of the 1979 peace treaty signed by the two countries, each country must approve any additional military forces in the area on either side of the border. Egypt will send two additional battalions to the area - one in Rafah to help thwart smuggling and to defend Al-Arish, that has been repeatedly hit with terrorist attacks recently, and another battalion in the center of the peninsula.

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