Sixteen soldiers killed in Sinai


The security situation in Sinai deteriorated dramatically last night when masked gunmen attacked an Egyptian army post at Rafah near the Gaza strip and killed sixteen Egyptian soldiers.

The gunmen, believed to be Islamist militants then crossed the border with Israel. Seven gunmen were believed to have been killed by Israeli and Egyptian forces.

The Sinai region of Egypt, especially near the border with Israel has become increasingly dangerous since the ousting of President Mubarak last year with Islamist militants believed to have been responsible for attacks on oil and gas pipelines. Israel has allowed the Egyptians to place more troops in the area despite the 1979 peace deal demilitarizing the area.

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