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Monday, November 5, 2012
South Sinai checkpoints tighten security after police killings

South Sinai checkpoints tighten security after police killings
MENA Mon, 05/11/2012 - 12:22
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/south-sinai-checkpoints-tighten-security-after-police-killings

The South Sinai Security Directorate tightened security measures late Sunday
at the governorate’s entrances and exits, from Oyoun Moussa in Ras Sudr to
northern Taba.

Sinai security deteriorated after unknown attackers killed three policemen
in North Sinai Saturday.

The South Sinai directorate raised the number of troops and checkpoints for
850 kilometers along the international road. Authorities have also agreed
with Bedouin tribal leaders to secure the mountainous areas and provide
information about suspicious people who attempt to cross the area to the
governorate.

North Sinai police had withdrawn and blocked vital roads to protest the
killings. Some police officers held President Mohamed Morsy responsible for
leaving them without protection in face of recurring assaults against
police.

An official South Sinai source told state news agency MENA that IDs of
people arriving in the governorate are being checked. South Sinai Governor
Khaled Fouda said the security situation has stabilized, denying reports
about terrorists infiltrating the governorate.

The governor pointed to an increasing tourist turnover in South Sinai,
adding that hotel occupancy rates increased to 80 percent this week.

Edited translation from MENA

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