Egypt parliament warns of heavily armed Bedouin

The Egyptian parliament's defense committee said on Tuesday that the situation at the border with Israel was dangerous because of heavily armed Beduin and police inability to control smuggling tunnels. The state-owned Al-Gomhuria daily, in its early Wednesday edition, said that committee members warned parliament of increased smuggling operations through the tunnels and the unrestricted spread of weapons among the Beduin. The committee which visited northern Sinai after last week's violent clashes between angry Beduin and police said the situation "threatens Egypt's national security at the borders with Israel."