23 August 2012

Egypt: Morsi Meets Defense Minister to Follow Up Sinai Security Operation

President Mohamed Morsi held on Wednesday 22/8/2012 a meeting with Defense and Military Production Minister General Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi to follow up Sinai security operation.

The meeting also took up several matters related to the Armed Forces, Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali said.

Ali said that Egypt did not receive any official protest from Israel against Egyptian military reinforcements in Sinai. He said Sinai security is an indivisible part of the Egyptian national security, which should be preserved.

He said Egypt respects its commitments and international treaties to which it is a party however, he said Egypt retains its categorical right to secure Sinai.

On the other hand, a high level security source said security bodies have filed a list of the names of 120 persons who are wanted. Among this number are groups which took part in storming police stations and killed policemen. A police force stormed the house of a person who is sentenced to death in the case of storming Arish 2 police station but he managed to escape.

The source said criminal hotbeds include cells which are specialized in manufacturing explosives, adding progress of interrogations will shortly uncover the sources of financing these groups.

Meantime, a large number of doctors of different specializations arrived in Arish and Rafah hospitals in preparation for the results of the forthcoming crackdowns against hotbeds of criminals in Sinai.

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