Generals sign today

Thursday, September 01, 2005 | 
Following yesterday’s Knesset approval, the last step before turning over the Philadelpi corridor that runs along the border between Gaza and Egypt will take place today in Cairo. An Israeli general and his Egyptian counterpart will sign an amendment, referred to as an “additional security measure,” to the 1979 treaty between the two countries, which specified that the Sinai Peninsula be demilitarized. The amendment will allow the deployment of 750 border policeman to patrol the corridor and specifies precisely how many weapons the Egyptians are legally permitted to employ. According to the Jerusalem Post, they may use 504 assault rifles, nine sniper rifles, 94 pistols, 67 machine guns, 27 RPG-7 launchers, and 31 armored personnel carriers. They may also employ six helicopters and four coastal patrol ships. Egyptian deployment on the Gaza border is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

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