[QODLink]
Middle East

Egypt army ready to launch Sinai rescue

Guards at Gaza border respond to kidnapping of seven soldiers and policemen by going on strike.

Last Modified: 21 May 2013 23:00
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Egypt's army says it is ready to start an operation to rescue seven kidnapped soldiers and policemen but it has not received the order to move yet.

The men were taken hostage last Thursday in the Sinai.

Al Jazeera sources say the kidnappers are demanding that six of its members, who have received the death penalty, be freed from prison. They were jailed for an attack on a police station two years ago.

Border guards at the Rafah crossing with Gaza have gone on strike to support their kidnapped colleagues.

Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Al Areesh.

98

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
About 500,000 participated around the globe in the Peoples Climate March, and Al Jazeera spoke to some in New York.
Separatist movements in Spain, Belgium and Italy may face headwinds following Scotland's decision to stay in the UK.
A fishing trawler carrying 500 migrants across the Mediterranean was rammed by another boat, causing hundreds to drown.
Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party - with roots in the neo-Nazi movement - recently won 12.9 percent of the vote.
Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters in previous Gaza war is fighting to bring 100 wounded kids to Canada.