US presses Egypt on Sinai security

Seven Israelis were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in southern Israel Thursday.

Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 09:14 AM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Egypt to follow through on its pledges to ensure security in the Sinai following a deadly attack
across the border in Israel.

Seven Israelis were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in southern Israel Thursday, a top Army officer said, as security sources said the Army had had shot dead seven of the attackers.

"This violence only underscores our strong concerns about the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula," Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

"Recent commitments by the Egyptian government to address the security situation in the Sinai are important and we urge the Egyptian government to find a lasting resolution," the chief US diplomat said.

Israeli officials have said the perpetrators all came from the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas denied any involvement.

A senior source said they had entered Israel via the Sinai peninsula where Egyptian troops recently began a massive operation to root out militants based there.

PTI

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