Egypt agrees to 3-day truce with Sinai Bedouins

Government authorities agreed to a three-day truce Saturday with Bedouins in the Sinai Peninsula to end recent clashes with security officials, police said. The announcement came a day after authorities mobilized hundreds of policemen in eastern Sinai when Bedouins trying to cross into Israel wounded an Egyptian security officer. Capt. Mohammed Badr said that under the truce negotiated by local authorities, the Bedouins agreed to avoid the Israeli border for three days and return to their homes in central Sinai. In return, the Bedouins demanded the release of locals detained in the past several days and an investigation into the deaths of two Bedouins Wednesday in clashes with police. Badr said these demands would be taken into consideration. The Middle East News Agency reported the two Bedouins were killed when their car flipped over near a police checkpoint close to the Israeli border. Police said in the report that they exchanged fire with the two men after they failed to stop at the checkpoint.