Protest Is Muted as Egypt Levels Border Area in Sinai

1 Nov 2014   Egypt, Gaza

Egyptian officials faced little popular backlash on Thursday after the military demolished dwellings and displaced thousands of people in a town bordering the Gaza Strip , suggesting the government still enjoyed wide latitude from the public to pursue a muscular anti-insurgency campaign, though it has delivered mixed results at best. The demolitions, which began on Wednesday, are part of a government plan to create a buffer zone on the border that the authorities assert will curb the flow of weapons and militants. The plan had been discussed for more than a year, and was finally implemented after a militant attack last week that killed at least 31 Egyptian soldiers. Residents of Rafah, the border town, said they were surprised by the speed with which they were ordered to abandon their homes. On Thursday, though, even as the evacuations continued, many of the displaced residents appeared to be […]

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