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    Israel deploys tanks along Egyptian frontier

    Israel deploys tanks along Egyptian frontier

    Israel deployed tanks along its frontier with Egypt yesterday after gunmen killed an Israeli construction worker in a cross-border ambush.
    An Israeli soldier directs a tank near the border between Israel and Egypt Photo: AP

    By Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem
    5:12PM BST 18 Jun 2012

    Three militants, who crossed into Israel's southern desert from Egypt's increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula, targeted a two-vehicle convoy carrying workers building a border fence with a roadside bomb, rifle-fire and a rocket-propelled grenade. A passenger in one of the vehicles was killed after it overturned, while a second was badly wounded.

    Israeli forces swiftly arrived at the scene and engaged the militants in a gun battle, killing two of them. The third escaped, an Israeli army spokesman said.

    The incident, which mirrored a similar attack a year ago that claimed eight Israeli lives, heightened fears in Israel that Egypt has allowed the Sinai to become a haven for militants to attack the Jewish state.

    Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, demanded that the winner of Egypt's presidential election take action to end the threat.

    "We see here a disturbing deterioration in Egyptian control in the Sinai," he said.

    "Whoever wins, we expect them to take responsibility for all of Egypt's international commitments, including the peace treaty with Israel and the security arrangements in the Sinai, swiftly purring an end to these attacks."

    According to the Israeli army, last year's attack was planned by Palestinian militants from Gaza, who are able to cross into Sinai through subterranean tunnels that Egypt has policed less assiduously since last year's revolution.

    Gaza-based groups are also blamed for a number of rocket attacks on southern Israel from Sinai. While they have mostly acted independently, Israeli officials accused Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood of ordering a rocket strike on two of its towns last week - the first time the movement has ever been linked to such an attack.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has said it will abide by the terms of Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel, seen as vital to regional security, but has demanded that clauses restricting the number of Egyptian troops in the Sinai region be revised.

    Israel has said it is willing to allow additional Egyptian troops into the Sinai, which it occupied between 1967 and 1982, on an ad hoc basis but remains firmly opposed to a formal revision of the treaty.

    Israel's deployment of tanks close to the border is in breach of the treaty, but it is understood that an informal agreement reached with Egypt last year has allowed both sides to step up their military presence close to the frontier.

    Israel deploys tanks along Egyptian frontier - Telegraph
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