Egypt Says Expanding Anti-terror Campaign in Sinai

After reports that it was stopping military activities in the peninsula, Egypt's Defense Ministry announces army is redeploying forces in a wider area.

Avi Issacharoff
Avi Issacharoff
Avi Issacharoff
Avi Issacharoff

Egyptian authorities announced on Wednesday that they would expand their activities in the Sinai peninsula, just one day after reports that the Egyptian army was suspending its anti-terror activities in the area.

The Egyptian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday morning that "the continuation of military activities, from this morning - August 29, forces will be redeployed in a variety of places in Sinai in order to complete the hunt for terrorists."

An Egyptian security official told Reuters that Egyptian security forces will be deployed in a wider area in order to eliminate armed militants.

In recent days, the Egyptian media published a number of reports saying that the authorities were freezing army activities in the peninsula for 48 hours, following secret negotiations with representatives of terrorist organizations.

News of the military campaign's cessation was reported on Tuesday by Egyptian media outlets. During the operation, Egyptian troops tried to bear down on Islamic terror groups in northern areas of Sinai, particularly in El Arish and the Sheikh Zuweid locales.

According to these media reports, the military campaign has been halted as a result of discussions in recent days between Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and delegates of the radical Islamic organizations.

An Egyptian soldier stands guard at the Rafah border crossing between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt on August 26, 2012Credit: AFP

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