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FOREIGN POLICY NEWS

07.08.2012

On the worsening situation in the Sinai Peninsula

On 5 August 2012,  militants attacked Egyptian border checkpoint near the town of Rafah. As a result 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed, 7 wounded. After this attack, the militants seized two armored personnel carriers and moved to the nearby Israeli checkpoint. One of the armored vehicles had been destroyed near the border fence, and the second vehicle was destroyed by Israeli airforce after crossing the border. It is reported that eight militants were killed.
This terrorist attack was condemned by the government and the various socio-political forces of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas movement.
In Moscow, the incident was received with grave concern and condemnation. We send our sincere condolences to the Egyptian side in connection with the death of the Egyptian military.
We express our understanding and solidarity with the counter-terrorism actions taken by Egyptian and Israeli sides to ensure order and stability. We firmly believe that terrorism in all its forms cannot and shall not be excused. We hope that as a result of the measures taken situation in the Sinai Peninsula will return back to normal, ensuring the proper level of security.
In view of this  incident Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs confirmed its recommendation to the Russian citizens visiting Egypt for tourism, to take the necessary precautions and to refrain from traveling outside the resort areas on the Sinai Peninsula.




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