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Palestinian jihadists attacked Rafah base, says military source

Palestinian jihadists attacked Rafah base, says military source | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The perpetrators of a deadly attack on an army camp in Rafah that which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in August, included 40 Palestinian Jihadists, an informed military source told the privately-owned Shorouk newspaper.

 

He added that sovereign authorities were informed that the Palestinian jihadists entered while troops were occupied with the local security failure.


The source said that the National Security Agency and other sovereign authorities deployed personnel in the Sinai peninsula, at the border and crossings to arrest jihadists, who he said are trying to enter Egypt with Egyptian names. The source said that the forensic medicine department report, which was submitted to military prosecution, said that DNA could not be extracted from bodies of the seven perpetrators during autopsy.

Meanwhile, senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh renewed the movement’s denial that Hamas members took part in the attack on the checkpoint.

An investigative report published in Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine accused figures associated with Hamas of the attack.

President Mohamed Morsy used the crisis to sideline the old leadership of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who he sent to retirement, replacing them with a second rank of officers.

In a phone call with the head of the Wafd Party, Al-Sayyed al-Badawy, Haniyeh said the Palestinian people will never forget sacrifices made and are still being made by Egyptians for the Palestinian cause.

“Egypt’s strength, safety and stability is a strength for all the Arab nation. We can never allow its safety and people to be harmed,” he added.

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/palestinian-jihadists-attacked-rafah-base-says-military-source

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No Hamas training camps in Sinai: Al-Zahar

No Hamas training camps in Sinai: Al-Zahar | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a Gaza-based senior Hamas leader, said on Thursday that "relations between Hamas and Egypt are better than ever before."

 

 

Referring to news reports about the presence of Palestinian training camps in Sinai, Al-Zahar commented: "The security apparatus in Egypt understands that there was no any truth about the 7,000 Hamas followers who entered Egypt."

There have been reports in both the Egyptian and the Israeli media over the past few weeks that three training camps are operating in northern Sinai, associated with Al-Qaeda linked Egyptian group Ansar Al-Jihad, as well as other Islamist groups, Jund Muhammad, Jund Al-Islam, Tawhid and the Gaza-based Al- Jihad.

"If this was true, the security bodies would have called and asked for information about them, but this did not happen," Al-Zahar told Egyptian state news agency MENA.

He said that there were no Palestinians sent to trial from Gaza in light of these accusations. (Ahram Online)

 

More : http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/66847/Egypt/Politics-/No-Hamas-training-camps-in-Sinai-AlZahar.aspx

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Outsourcing Justice in the Sinai: Sharia Courts Thrive in the Shadow of a Weak State

Outsourcing Justice in the Sinai: Sharia Courts Thrive in the Shadow of a Weak State | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The declaration of a state of emergency in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on March 9 in anticipation of planned jihadist attacks on government targets indicates the seriousness of a systemic security breakdown that threatens to destabilize not only Egypt but also its volatile borders with Gaza and Israel. With an estimated 1,600 extremists on the loose in Sinai, it’s no wonder this 23,000-square-mile desert has been ominously dubbed, “the new Afghanistan.”  A land bridge linking the black markets and fragile states of North Africa with the greater Middle East, Sinai has become a transcontinental corridor of organized crime and global terrorism. It is a place where masked gunmen routinely hijack police cars in broad daylight, jihadists brazenly test-fire long-range missiles from rogue training camps, and gangs of human traffickers sell sub-Saharan refugees into slavery, or worse, steal their organs.

 

In the economically destitute and politically disenfranchised governorates of North and South Sinai, the need for law and order has never been more acute, yet public confidence in the central government is at an all-time low. After decades of economic mismanagement and a misguided counter-terrorism crackdown that resulted in the mass incarceration of thousands of Bedouins – whose twenty some-odd tribes account for roughly 70 percent of the population of the North and South Sinai governorates – the Egyptian state is associated not with security, but with incompetence, repression and predatory corruption.

 

In a region where government officials are an object of pubic disdain and anger, it is unsurprising that residents of Sinai are looking elsewhere for security and justice. Increasingly, they are turning to a growing number of informal Islamic courts, which are steadily displacing an official justice system viewed as corrupt and inefficient. Since the revolution, informal Islamic courts claim to have absorbed an estimated 75 percent of the caseload once handled by the official justice system. These courts – which operate on shoestring budgets in basements and school classrooms after hours – have successfully capitalized on the fragility of the state in their campaign to promote Sharia law as the only legitimate alternative to what would otherwise be a legal vacuum. 

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Informal dispute resolution has been practiced in the Sinai for centuries through the administration of tribal common law known as “urf,” but what has changed since the revolution is the increasingly Islamic character of customary justice – a byproduct of the overall Islamization of tribes that accelerated in the 1980s, under the influence of Salafi ideology imported by Bedouin students returning from the Nile Delta region and particularly Zagazig University, one of the key intellectual strongholds of hardline Islamism. By the 1990s, a wave of newly Islamized Bedouins were actively proselytizing and setting up Salafi community associations in North Sinai, where their activities were tolerated and even encouraged by the Mubarak regime, which viewed Salafis as a politically expedient counterweight to the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood. Since the revolution, Salafi influence in Sinai has continued to increase through the spread of charitable organizations offering badly needed services that the state has failed to deliver.

 

http://www.acus.org/egyptsource/outsourcing-justice-sinai-sharia-courts-thrive-shadow-weak-state

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Egypte : des activistes tirent un missile au Sinaï

( Xinhua )

Dimanche matin, un groupe d'activistes a lancé un missile en direction de Suez depuis la ville de Nekhel dans le Sinaï, mais le projectile a explosé à 45 km de Nekhel, a appris Xinhua auprès d'un haut responsable chargé de la sécurité dans le Sinaï.

"Des activistes basés dans le Sinaï ont lancé un missile sol-sol de fabrication israélienne qui a explosé dans la zone Bear 5 de la municipalité de Nekhel", a confirmé notre source, ajoutant que l'explosion avait fait un trou de 2 mètres de profondeur et de 1,5 mètre de diamètre.

Le ministère égyptien de l'Intérieur a placé le Sinaï en état d'alerte maximale samedi après avoir été informé par les services de renseignements que des groupes armés avaient l'intention de lancer des attaques contre des locaux de la police.

En août 2012, au moins 13 gardes-frontières égyptiens ont été tués dans le Sinaï par des hommes armés.

http://french.peopledaily.com.cn/96852/8161550.html

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Interior Ministry raises emergency measures in Sinai

Interior Ministry raises emergency measures in Sinai | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Security are on heightened alert in the strategic Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel after they were tipped off that jihadist groups will attack police institutions.

 

Egypt's interior ministry has raised the state of emergency in northern and southern Sinai, General Osama Ismail, assistant to the interior minister in Sinai, quotes MENA, the official state news agency on Saturday.

 

Ismail says that security forces received information that jihadist groups intend to launch attacks on police institutions in the strategic peninsula.

He also assures that the ministry continues to work with tribal leaders in Sinai to maintain security.

The Sinai has been home to several jihadist groups and has seen several attacks on police and security forces in the past years.

 

More on: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/66462.aspx

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Égypte: le Sinaï en état d'urgence

Égypte: le Sinaï en état d'urgence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le ministère de l'Intérieur égyptien a proclamé aujourd'hui l'état d'urgence dans le Sinaï après avoir appris que des djihadistes pourraient se livrer à des attaques contre la police, a annoncé l'agence officielle Mena.

"Le ministère de l'Intérieur a proclamé l'état d'urgence dans le Nord et le Sud Sinaï après avoir été informé que des groupes djihadistes avaient l'intention d'y perpétrer une attaque contre des bâtiments de la police", a déclaré le général Ossama Ismaïl, responsable du ministère de l'Intérieur, cité par Mena.

L'annonce intervient après que des heurts ont éclaté à Port-Saïd suite à la confirmation par la justice de la condamnation à la peine capitale de 21 accusés dans l'affaire des émeutes meurtrières l'an dernier, dans le stade de Port-Saïd.

Des manifestants de Port-Saïd en colère contre la confirmation des peines ont fait dériver des hors-bords dans le canal de Suez dans l'intention de perturber le trafic. Ils ont également empêché des ferries transportant des voitures de traverser le canal.

 

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/03/09/97001-20130309FILWWW00317-egypte-le-sinai-en-etat-d-urgence.php

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After droughts and flood, project aims to preserve Sinai mountain gardens

After droughts and flood, project aims to preserve Sinai mountain gardens | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
By Louise Sarant (Egypt independent) 

Around St. Catherine’s Monastery, encircled by the high South Sinai mountains, lie hundreds of Bedouin gardens nested in the nearby wadis, or valleys. These gardens, which were initially built during the Byzantine period by monks, hermits and settlers from around the Mediterranean, have been the responsibility of the Jabaleya Bedouins for more than a century.

A severe drought that lasted for years in the peninsula, coupled with an unprecedented amount of precipitation and snow that fell over the mountains early this year, has badly damaged some of these precious shrines to biodiversity.

Because the houses are built of stone and rooftops from a mix of rocks and sand, the continuous rainfall pushed against the roofs, which finally collapsed under the strain.

With many Bedouin families relying on these mountain orchards for their livelihood, the collapse of the buildings and fences, and the destruction of the trees was a disaster. To finance the rebuilding of these enclaves, members of the Jabaleya tribe have now launched an alternative tourism project inviting volunteers to participate in restoration efforts.

Entitled “Help Rebuild the Bedouin Gardens and Discover the Sinai High Mountains,” the project is still in its early stages but tribe members plan to bring visitors to the gardens to stay with local families and help with reconstruction work. They will also be asked to provide a donation directly to gardeners to hire workers, buy building materials and cover transportation costs.

“These gardens provide livelihoods for us, as there are no job opportunities in the city,” says Sayed Musa, the Bedouin man from the area in charge of the project, who has 10 years experience as a safari and trekking guide. “The situation for many families is now extremely tense. They have lost all their income and are no longer self-sufficient for food.”

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/after-droughts-and-flood-project-aims-preserve-sinai-mountain-gardens

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Egypte: deux Britanniques enlevés dans le Sinaï par des Bédouins

Egypte: deux Britanniques enlevés dans le Sinaï par des Bédouins | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 Un couple de Britanniques a été enlevé jeudi par des Bédouins dans la péninsule égyptienne du Sinaï, a annoncé un responsable de la sécurité.

Les deux Britanniques ont été enlevés devant une banque où ils venaient de changer de l'argent, alors qu'ils se dirigeaient vers la station balnéaire de Charm el-Cheikh, selon lui. Les ravisseurs ont indiqué à la presse qu'ils réclamaient la libération de quatre personnes arrêtées pour trafic d'armes. 

 

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/egypte-deux-britanniques-enleves-dans-le-sinai-par-des-bedouins_1227780.html

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Egypt: Forces abandon Sinai positions

Egypt: Forces abandon Sinai positions | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Senior Egyptian military sources told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an that officers and other members of the central security agency abandoned security offices in all the cities in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

 

According to the sources, the officers abandoned their posts in solidarity with the protests in Egypt calling for the dismissal of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. (Roi Kais)

 

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Companies may start transporting money via air due to security concerns

Companies may start transporting money via air due to security concerns | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Private security companies and banks may start transporting money in South Sinai via air due to the lack of security there, said Major General Adel Emara, the head of the security division at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce.

The governorate's security chief issued an order to find an alternative to money-transfer vehicles due to the Interior Ministry's inability to secure them, Emara told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Monday, adding that there was a high rate of burglary over the past year.

Some companies have started taking precautionary measures to protect the personnel transporting the money, such as equipping them with bullet-proof vests, Emara said.

Thefts have increased across the country in recent months. Several private security companies have seen their operational costs rise as they heighten security around their establishments and for their money-transfer vehicles, due to the growing dangers faced by their personnel.

 

This text is from El-Masry El Youm

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Egypte: Le président Morsi reçoit le gouverneur du Sinaï nord

Le Président Mohamed Morsi a reçu mercredi le 28 février 2013 le gouverneur du Sinaï Nord, Abdel Fatah Harhour au siège du palais présidentiel de Héliopolis (Itihadeya).

Le chef de l'Etat a assuré l'intérêt porté sur le Sinaï en raison de sa valeur stratégique, ses ressources humaines et richesses naturelles, s'engageant à augmenter les crédits consacrés au soutien du développement du gouvernorat.

M. Morsi a également réaffirmé qu'il tenait à être en contact avec les habitants du gouvernorat et à oeuvrer pour éradiquer les obstacles qu'ils rencontrent.

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Covert auctions in Egypt put arms that freed Libya into hands of terrorists

Covert auctions in Egypt put arms that freed Libya into hands of terrorists | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The weapons that helped Libyan rebels oust dictator Muammar Qaddafi are turning up for sale at clandestine auctions in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Desert, where shadowy buyers purchase firearms for Al Qaeda and Hamas operatives, sources told FoxNews.com.

The illicit sales take place in the barren Sinai peninsula, where Moses is believed to have wandered with the children of Israel for 40 years. Auctions announced through the grapevine bring caravans of foreigners, all with huge sums of money at their disposal and all with the same mission, Israel Defense Force sources told FoxNews.com.

 

The vast and rugged desert area inhabited by an estimated 250,000 Bedouins has borders with Egypt, Gaza and Israel, as well as a long coastline on the Red Sea. While the location makes it easy for buyers to come from various regions, it also combines with the impromptu nature of the auctions to make them almost impossible to stop.

 

“There are more and more contacts between Al Qaeda and the small groups in Sinai,” a senior source in the Israel Defense Force told the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism. 

 

The hosts of these auctions aren’t just doing it for the money, the source said. Al Qaeda-linked jihadists are becoming more and more influential in the region, and playing a large role in who shows up for the auctions and who leaves with the bombs, anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons that are peddled there.

 

“If at the beginning we saw these tribes supporting terror cells for the sake of money, now we see it becoming more an ideological support, and we see more and more cases that these groups of Al Qaeda-influenced extreme jihadists are becoming more powerful than the tribes," the source said.(...)

 

With Libya rendered an unstable tribal nation rife with internal power struggles between secular moderates and radical Islamists in the wake of Qaddafi’s ouster, accountability for weapons in the north African country is impossible. The U.S., which denies directly supplying arms to the Libyan rebels, is concerned about weapons being sold in the region.(...)

 

The New York Times reported in December 2012 that the Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar, only to express alarm when evidence mounted that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants



More on: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/26/arms-that-freed-libya-turning-up-at-desert-auctions-and-in-hands-terrorist/

 

 

 

 

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Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road

Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Security agencies will not negotiate with Salafi protesters who have blocked the Bir Lahfan-Arish Road to demand the release of those accused in the 2004 Taba bombings, a North Sinai military source said.

The source said 100 people, whom he called jihadis, were blocking the road, but added that the matter is in the hands of the president and judiciary, which six months ago agreed to hold retrials for the accused.
“If we agree to release them, they will demand their acquittal,” the source said.


The bombings took place on 7 October 2004, one day after Egypt marks the anniversary of its successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war against Israel. The Taba bombings killed 38 people, including 18 Egyptians and 12 Israelis.

 

Disorder has spread in Sinai since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak last year. In August, Islamist militants killed 16 guards at the Egypt-Israel border.

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Follow up conversation with 8 years old Sinai hostage Eritrean girl and her father

This is a telephone conversation with Ahlam and her father who are being held hostage for a ransom of 40 000 US dollars by Bedouins in Sinai.
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Sinai chieftain demands return of 30 km of land near canal cities

Bedouin chieftain Eissa al-Kharafin demanded Wednesday that an area of 30 square kilometers near the Canal cities should be given back to North Sinai.  

 

According to him, the area used to be governed by the North Sinai Governorate until former President Anwar Sadat changed the borders.

 

“Sadat had re-demarcated the area in 1973 and took them from our administrative borders,” he said. “President Mohamed Morsy has allocated LE500 million of Suez Canal revenues to the canal cities. We also have the right to these revenues.”

 

In a meeting with North Sinai Governor Sayed Harhour on Monday, Kharafin said that the people of Sinai would have had more economic opportunities if they'd been living on land near the canal.

 

“We would not have had extremists, for this area would have become a trading place,” he said.

 

Military expert Talaat Abu Moslem described the Bedouin leader’s demands as an attempt to separate Sinai from the rest of Egypt.

 

He said Sadat re-demarcated the area after the peace treaty to promote development to the east and west of the Suez Canal and avoid separating Sinai from the rest of the governorates.

 

“Sinai residents are no different than those of Port Said,” he said. “It was wise of Sadat to keep the unity of the Egyptian fabric.”

 

 

Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com

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Egypt's tourist resorts excluded from terrorist warning

Egypt's tourist resorts excluded from terrorist warning | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Foreign Office [UK] has warned against travel to most of the areas surrounding Egypt's tourist resorts.

Egyptian Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior declared a state of 'High Alert' in Sinai on Saturday following reports that Jihadist groups might conduct terrorist attacks against the army and security forces in North and South Sinai

The FCO has advised against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the South Sinai region with the exception of the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab.

It has also excluded road travel between these resorts and transfers between the resorts and airports of Taba and Sharm El Sheikh from its warning.

 

http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2005508&c=setreg&region=2

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Jihadist groups launch missile in Sinai military drill

Jihadist groups launch missile in Sinai military drill | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Jihadist groups operating in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Sunday tested a long range missile during a military drill, Egyptian security sources said.

The missile, believed to have a range of 45 kilometers, was fired from Nekhel in central Sinai towards the direction of Suez, Egyptian military sources told Ma'an.

The missile landed in a desert area and left a crater three meters deep and two meters wide.

Egyptian military experts said it is likely that the missile was an unexploded Israeli ordnance left behind from wars in the Sinai peninsula.

On Saturday, Egypt's Interior Ministry told police in the Sinai peninsula to raise a state of emergency after obtaining intelligence that jihadists might attack their forces there.

Officials have expressed growing worries about security in the desert region which borders Israel and is home to a number of tourist resorts.

 

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=573421

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Egypte : Les touristes israéliens se font trop rares

Egypte : Les touristes israéliens se font trop rares | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le ministère égyptien du tourisme se désole de ne plus voir ces milliers de touristes israéliens qui visitaient autrefois le Sinaï. Aujourd’hui ils sont de moins en moins nombreux à franchir le poste frontière de Taba pour aller profiter des plages ensoleillées en toute saison de Dahab , Nuweiba, ou Sharm-el-Sheikh.

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Egyptian security forces clash with Sinai gunmen

Egyptian security forces clash with Sinai gunmen | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen in the Sinai peninsula on Friday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Security forces had pursued a vehicle which they believed to contain explosives, leading to clashes with gunmen who later fled the scene.

Egyptian security forces searched the car and found ammunition for automatic weapons and explosive devices.

Two years after the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Islamist rulers are contending with a rise in militant activity in the Sinai region that borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

 

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Two Britons ‘freed in Egypt’s Sinai after kidnap’

Two Britons ‘freed in Egypt’s Sinai after kidnap’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two Britons were kidnapped on Thursday by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt’s Sinai but released soon afterwards following negotiations with security officials, police chief Magdi Mussa told AFP.

“They have been released and are heading back to their place of accommodation,” Mussa said.

The release follows “intense negotiations” between the kidnappers and security officials, he said.

The British husband and wife were kidnapped from a bank in a town as they headed towards the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the official said.

The kidnappers told reporters they were demanding the release of four people held over arms trafficking. (Daily news Egypt)

 

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Tribesmen kidnap two UK tourists in Egypt's Sinai -sources

Gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula kidnapped two British tourists on their way to a beach resort, security and tribal sources said on Thursday.

Security in the isolated desert region has deteriorated since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising two years ago. Tourists kidnapped in similar circumstances last year were released unharmed.

 

The Britons were riding in a private car from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh, a popular tourist resort, when they were stopped by the gunmen, the sources said.

 

The kidnappers were demanding the release of four prisoners held in Alexandria on charges of arms smuggling, the sources added. South Sinai's Red Sea coast is a major tourism hub for Egypt.

 

This text is from Reuters

 

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Un couple de Britanniques a été enlevé jeudi par des Bédouins dans la péninsule égyptienne du Sinaï, a annoncé un responsable de la sécurité.

Les deux Britanniques ont été enlevés devant une banque où ils venaient de changer de l'argent, alors qu'ils se dirigeaient vers la station balnéaire de Charm el-Cheikh, selon lui. Les ravisseurs ont indiqué à la presse qu'ils réclamaient la libération de quatre personnes arrêtées pour trafic d'armes. (Romandie)

http://www.romandie.com/news/n/_ALERTE___Egypte_deux_Britanniques_enleves_dans_le_Sinai_par_des_Bedouins40070320131417.asp

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Human trafficking in Egypt's Sinai

Human trafficking in Egypt's Sinai | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Every year thousands of people make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt. Many of them fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families, writes the BBC's Mike Thomson.

 

Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families.

"The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted," she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars.

"As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain.

"This, they hoped, would put extra pressure on my mother and father to find the money."

A man standing next to her gently places a hand on her shoulder as she finishes speaking.

Zere, his faced swathed in a red and white scarf, was one of those kept with her in a windowless basement room for almost a year.

"They had about four of five of us tied up together and they would pour water on the floor and then electrocute the water so that all of us would get electrocuted at the same time," he says.

"They would starve us, they would burn us and they would not let us sleep." (...)

 

More on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21670929

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Shura Council discusses demands of Sinai tribes, protest law

Shura Council discusses demands of Sinai tribes, protest law | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Sinai tribesmen have allegedly threatened to refuse to allow ballot boxes to enter the governorate for the upcoming parliamentary elections of the distribution of the electoral districts is not reconsidered, said Shura Council MP Ali Feireig.

During a joint meeting of the council's committees on Arab affairs, legislation and human rights to discuss the right to peaceful protest, Sinai representatives submitted several demands related to unemployment and the lack of clean drinking water, Feireig continued.

Several representatives of civil society organizations and tried unions didn't attend the meeting, although they were invited, said MP Reda Saleh.

A dedicated committee should be formed to coordinate with the Interior Ministry to discuss the hardships of the people of Sinai, Saleh said.

that took place over the past few days.

Several committee members asked to postpone the discussion on the right to peaceful protest due to the unrest sweeping the nation over the past few days, but the joint committee on legislation, human rights and national security decided to resume discussions on the topic.

Ihab al-Kharrat, head of the human rights committee, said the committees agreed to meet with representatives of all political parties, youth revolutionary committees and Central Security Forces to hear their perspectives on the protest law.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/1542011?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


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Sinai residents commence ten-day sit-in

Sinai residents commence ten-day sit-in | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A sit-in began on Tuesday night in the city of El-Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai calling on the city’s residents, along with those in Rafah and Central Sinai, to protest for 10 days in hopes that their demands would be heard and brought before President Mohamed Morsy.

The sit-in was held in a public park in one of the city’s squares, and was attended by dozens of tribesmen and political activists.

Abd Al-Qadr Mubarak, a coordinator of the sit-in and member of the Al-Suwarka tribe, stated that the protest would last 10 days and present a total of 10 demands.

Mubarak stated that the people of Sinai have been systematically marginalised, repressed, and exposed to the most brutal conditions for over 30 years.

According to Mubarak, they have been packed into prisons and tortured by executioners of the former regime which has discriminated against from court rooms in Cairo. He accused the regime of haphazardly accusing all those who live in Sinai of acts of criminality, while those who live in the region stand idly by as their rights are trampled upon.

Hussayn Al-Qayem, a political activist in El-Sheikh Zuweid, stated that as long as the regime continues to ignore their demands, then the response will be painful.

(Nasser Azizi/Daily news Egypt)

 

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Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road

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Security agencies will not negotiate with Salafi protesters who have blocked the Bir Lahfan-Arish Road to demand the release of those accused in the 2004 Taba bombings, a North Sinai military source said.

The source said 100 people, whom he called jihadis, were blocking the road, but added that the matter is in the hands of the president and judiciary, which six months ago agreed to hold retrials for the accused.

“If we agree to release them, they will demand their acquittal,” the source said.

The bombings took place on 7 October 2004, one day after Egypt marks the anniversary of its successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war against Israel. The Taba bombings killed 38 people, including 18 Egyptians and 12 Israelis.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak last year. In August, Islamist militants killed 16 guards at the Egypt-Israel border.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/military-source-no-negotiation-salafi-protesters-blocking-sinai-road

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