Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has said that for the first time since the 1980s Egyptian forces have reinforced their presence and started to develop surveillance systems on the border with the occupied Palestinian territories. The moves have been coordinated with the Israeli occupation army.
The Hebrew-language newspaper pointed out that the Egyptians are acting in the light of increased security threats across the Sinai Peninsula. It pointed out that the reinforcements include establishing control points and concrete towers along the border region near the wall which was built by Israel last year.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, it is expected that the new control points will provide better protection for Egyptian soldiers armed only with light weapons and anti-tank missiles. Some watchtowers have already been built in place of the small encampments used previously. It was the lack of suitable defensive measures in such camps which has been blamed for the loss of life at the hands of armed groups in northern Sinai.