Sinai lawmaker calls for calm after Beduin shot on Israeli border

An Egyptian lawmaker called for calm Friday as at least a thousand angry Beduin attended the funeral of a man killed near the desert border with Israel. On Thursday, 40-year-old Hamdan Suleiman Attaya was shot dead outside his home in el-Dahniya village just 300 meters from the Israeli border. "We cannot risk creating an international crisis on the borders," said Hisham Shaheen, representative for north Sinai in Egypt's parliament. "We told them (the Bedouins) not to go out in massive rallies," he told The Associated Press. "We are working on controlling our angry sons and people," said Shaheen adding that he and several other local politicians had sent a letter to the foreign minister asking him to help in "containing the crisis and avoid any complications."