Report: Egypt prohibits fishing in N. Sinai for security

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July 20, 2013 19:27

 
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Egypt has banned fishing in waters off the coast of the northern Sinai due to security concerns over militants entering Egyptian territory, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on Saturday.

The reported cited Egyptian security officials as saying the prohibition had been implemented to prevent Palestinians and members of militant organizations from entering the peninsula by sea.

Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip causing people to increasingly enter Egypt via fishing boats.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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