Sunday, August 21, 2011

UN peacekeeping force: Israeli forces crossed Egyptian border by land

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"Israeli troops crossed into Egypt by land on Thursday, which prompted Egyptian security personnel to clash with them, said a report issued Saturday by the UN peacekeeping force in Sinai.

Media reports had said an Israeli helicopter crossed the border to pursue suspected militants and then fired at Egyptian border guards, killing five and injuring two.

The peacekeeping force said that the Egyptians had not been targeted by an aircraft, however, and that Israeli forces in fact entered Sinai by land before clashing with the police unit at border point 79 and causing the deaths.

The peacekeeping force examined the boundary line where the clashes took place, recording several violations by Israeli troops.....

The report said the peacekeeping forces did not witness Palestinians crossing from Israel into Sinai....."

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