North Sinai tensions

This item appears on page 22 of the February 2009 issue.

Those traveling in Egypt’s northern Sinai, north of the Cairo-Nekhl-Taba road, should be aware of tensions there between Bedouins and Egyptian security forces.

Protesting mistreatment by the police, the Bedouins have demonstrated regularly over the last couple of years, and on Nov. 11, 2008, when a local was shot and killed by a policeman, violent clashes broke out, 80 policemen were temporarily abducted and three more Bedouins were killed.