Sinai - a strategic hazard in the Egypt-Israel-Hamas triangle

Tunnels used for smuggling arms and people (photo:dpa)
Tunnels used for smuggling arms and people (photo:dpa)

The Bedouin tribes living in the Sinai Peninsular have for years been alienated from the rest of Egypt. They have suffered neglect and discrimination from Cairo. Now the consequences of that lack of investment and economic opportunities have contributed to a serious security threat in the region as the Bedouin join forces with Islamic jihadists to launch attacks on Israel and Egypt.

OVER the past two years of continuous social and political turmoil in Egypt, Sinai has become an increasingly lawless region, marked by an almost total collapse of state control.

The result has been a deterioration of security and repeated attacks against state-backed i...

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