Israel agrees to some Egyptian troops in Sinai
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 00:39
  
Jerusalem: Israeli officials say they have agreed to allow Egypt to move several hundred troops into the Sinai Peninsula for the first time since the countries reached peace three decades ago.

Under the 1979 peace treaty, Israel returned the captured Sinai to Egypt. In return, Egypt agreed to leave the area demilitarized.

With street protests threatening the Egyptian regime, the officials say that Israel agreed to allow the Egyptian army to move two battalions, about 800 soldiers, into Sinai.

The officials say the troops moved into the Sharm el-Sheikh area on Sinai's southern tip, far from Israel, yesterday.

The officials spoke today on condition of anonymity because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned the government from discussing the situation in Egypt.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 00:39


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