Friday, 20 November 2009

Is Egypting stopping operations against Gaza's tunnels

I haven't come across this story on more mainstream sources but if this is true it is quite significant. Is it linked to Abbas saying the peace process is dead? Is Egypt having second thoughts about its cooperation with the Israelis and Americans? The report goes on to suggest that missiles are now moving freely through the tunnels system - perhaps partially explaining recent Israeli airstrikes on the tunnels.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, Egypt's special forces and engineering units suddenly shut down operation against the smuggling tunnels to Gaza without warning to Washington or Jerusalem, DEBKAfile's military sources report. US and Israeli requests for clarifications from Cairo, which must have ordered the stoppage, were not answered. So the Obama administration signaled Egypt that if it continues to violate the international accords governing the status of the Egyptian-Gazan border, there will be consequences.

Washington is put out particularly because Cairo did not bother to notify the American engineering corps officers and men working with Egyptian troops in Sinai since early 2009 in a concerted effort to eradicate the tunnels that their mission was cut short.


Palestinian elections to be postponed

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said presidential and legislative elections scheduled for January will be postponed, confirming that he has accepted advice not to hold the vote.