4 November 2012

Egypt: Sinai Assault Perpetrators Revealed After Operation 'Eagle' Ends - Presidency Spokesman

Photo: SRA D. Myles Cullen, USAF
Egyptian Army Soldiers.

The identity of Sinai attack perpetrators will be revealed once operation "Eagle" is complete, Yasser Ali, official spokesman of the presidency, said on Sunday.

Security bodies are keen on maintaining the identity of the culprits a secret to ensure the integrity of the operation and its success, Ali added.

Coordination between both Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence has been ongoing since the operation started, the spokesman stated.

There are no intentions of dismissing the governor of North Sinai at the time being especially since he was appointed only two months ago, he added.

President Mohamed Mursi has met with North Sinai deputy governor. The president was informed of "the details of the Sinai issue which began when one man was shot dead by security officers after he tried to escape from a security checkpoint."

Strenuous efforts are exerted to solve the problem, Ali said, adding that Minister of Defence First Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Minister of Interior Major General Ahmed Gamal al-Din were in Sinai and met with several leaders and soldiers.

Some procedures have already been taken and the outcome of the operation will be revealed within hours, the spokesman said.

North Sinai's al-Arish City witnessed turbulences on Saturday as scores of conscripts and police officers protested in front of the North Sinai security directory against the killing and injuring of their colleagues while on duty.

Two policemen and a conscript were killed yesterday and a fourth was injured in an attack by militants on the formers' car in Arish, the Ministry of Interior reported.

Ali denied any intentions of forming a third governorate in the Sinai Peninsula at the time being.

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