As dramatic as Morsi’s August 12 decision to remove top military officials was, it did not overshadow concerns in both Egypt and Israel about growing violence and lawlessness on the Sinai Peninsula that began when Egyptian security forces withdrew from the region after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. Morsi’s firing of Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi and other top military officers was in response to a humiliating August 5 attack when Sinai militants seized two Egyptian military vehicles and killed 16 Egyptian soldiers near a Sinai-Israel border crossing. Sinai violence continued over the last week. Five militants were killed in the Sinai on August 12. Sinai gunmen shot dead an influential tribal leader and his son at a border crossing yesterday.
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