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Egypt to build buffer zone on Gaza borders
Published on Monday, 27 October 2014 15:18
Egyptian authorities tody announced the decision to build buffer zone on its borders with Gaza, with the depth of 500 meters, and a height of 14 KM, to hinder terrorist groups from entering Sinai, that recently resulted in killing 33 Egyptian soldiers.
The buffer zone construction will result in displacing thousands of bedouins in the Sinai desert, that Egypt vowed to relocate and give compensations before beginning the construction.
The Egyptian soldiers were killed during an attack on a checkpoint on Friday in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza. The assault bore the marks of attacks claimed by Egypt's most active militant group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis.
Egyptian president, Abdul Fattah Sissi, promised taking "many measures" in the border, that it is likely to be expanded in order to pursue militants and stop them from entering Egyptian land.
Sissi expected help from the US to stop "terror" in Egypt.
As a result of the attacks on Egyptian soldiers, the indirect negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli delegations, which were decided to take place last Monday, have been postponed until the second half of November.
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