Egypt Beefs Up Presence in Sinai Area

Efforts to stop further attacks, crack down on arms smuggling.


As part of a crackdown on terrorism and arms smuggling, the Egyptian army on Tuesday began beefing up its presence in the area where the borders of Israel, Egypt and Gaza converge, and particularly in the area nearest the Gaza Strip.

The move is part of a broader response to Sunday's attack in Sinai, in which terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a border post and then raced across the border with Israel in stolen armored personnel carriers.