Report: Egyptian army pulls tanks from Sinai Peninsula

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 30, 2012 15:26

 
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The Egyptian army began withdrawing tanks from the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, pan-Arab daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported.

The report comes just a day after Egypt's military said it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armor into the area near its border.

After terrorists attacked and killed 16 border guards on Aug. 5, Egypt launched an operation using the army and police to raid militant hideouts, arrest suspects and seize weapons, including rockets and other arms, that are rife in the area.

Egyptian security sources said that 11 tanks had departed Sinai toward Beit al-Abid, following an arrangement with militants to cease hostilities, the Egyptian correspondent for Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

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