Egypt Army Says Killed 32 'criminals' in Sinai
[An Nahar] Egypt's armed forces have killed 32 "criminal elements" in an ongoing operation against Islamists in the lawless Sinai peninsula, a military front man said on Saturday.
Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali told news hounds that 38 people including "non-Egyptians" had been tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
during "Operation Sinai," which was launched on August 7, days after gunnies killed 16 soldiers at a border post there.
"The operation will continue until its goals have been achieved... These are not just military goals but also developmental goals for the Sinai," Ali said.
The statements were likely to unnerve Israel, which had expressed "reservations" over Egypt's deployment of reinforcements in the peninsula, with which it shares a border.
But Ali insisted that "the deployment of the armed forces, on all the territory of Sinai, is not a violation of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel."
"Our presence (in Sinai) is in the frame of coordination," with the Israelis, Ali said.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last week he expected the Egyptian army to withdraw its reinforcements from the peninsula at the end of the operation.
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