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Egypt refuses use of Israel security to protect tourists

Egyptian flags on February 25, 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. [Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]
Egyptian flags on February 25, 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. [Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

Egypt and Israel have failed to agree on the terms for the resumption of flights between Tel Aviv and the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh, a popular tourist destination among Israelis, the news website Prim Time Zone reported.

Citing the official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (Kan), the website said that Egypt rejected an Israeli request to allow armed Israeli security personnel on Egyptian soil to guard Israeli tourists in the country.

Israel wants its security forces to escort and secure flights to Egyptian resorts, the broadcaster added.

An Israeli security delegation arrived in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday where talks are being held with the Egyptian authorities about the resumption of flights between Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where Sharm El Sheikh is located.

The peninsula was the subject of the 1967 Six-Day War and 1973 October War between Egypt and Israel. Egypt restored its sovereignty over the region following the war and the subsequent peace agreement, the first of its kind between Israel and an Arab country.

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