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Israeli security team arrives in Cairo to discuss Sinai developments

February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

An Israeli security team has arrived in Cairo for a short visit during which its members will meet with a number of Egyptian officials to discuss the situation in the Sinai Peninsula. The aim of the visit, claims Hebrew Radio, is to discuss developments in the light of the “campaign” launched by Egypt “against armed groups” in the area.

Senior Egyptian sources said that there will be an “exchange of information and coordination” with Israel in order to secure the border against “infiltration and smuggling”. The Egyptian army has been carrying out a large-scale operation since Tuesday morning in northern Sinai, especially around the towns of Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah and El-Arish.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy has warned that Egypt’s response will be “harsh” if the government feels that “Hamas or any other parties” are threatening the country’s national security.

Recent reports from Israel have revealed that security coordination with Egypt has increased since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the coup in Egypt two months ago.