Egypt withdraws tanks from Sinai

Egypt has withdrawn some 20 tanks from Sinai in response to Israeli security concerns, according to an unnamed Egyptian official.

The withdrawal comes a month after Egyptian troops, including tanks and other hardware, entered the Sinai in order to combat terrorism emanating from the peninsula and directed at both Egypt and Israel.

The 1979 Camp David peace accords stipulate that Sinai is to remain demilitarized, although in recent years Israel has agreed to exceptions in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks and stop cross-border infiltrations. — jta