Monday, August 29, 2005

Philidelphi Corridor

The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved the handover of the Philidelphi corridor to Egyptian control. Knesset approval will be required at a special session to be convened this Wednesday with a parliamentary majority expected to approve the decision. A complete Israeli withdrawal from Philidelphi is expected to take place bfore the Jewish new year in early October.

Egyptian border guards will deploy along a 14 km stretch of land from the coast to Kibbutz Kerem Shalom and will be backed up by four coast guard boats and eight unarmed helicopters. The Egyptian deployment will comprise 750 border guards and 30 naval officers.

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

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