Roadside bomb in Sinai kills 2 Egyptian security forces

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 04 February 2018
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Roadside bomb in Sinai kills 2 Egyptian security forces

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb has targeted a pickup truck carrying members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing two.
The officials say the Sunday blast took place on a road just south of the coastal city of El-Arish. Five other members of the security forces and a civilian were wounded in the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the extremist Daesh group, now leading a long-running insurgency in Sinai.
The insurgency has expanded and become deadlier since the military’s 2013 ouster of Mohammad Mursi, an Islamist president whose one-year rule proved divisive.


Jordan cancels part of peace agreement with Israel

Updated 23 min 35 sec ago
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Jordan cancels part of peace agreement with Israel

  • Jordan will be pulling out of two annexes from the 1994 peace agreement that allowed Israel to lease two small areas
  • Abdullah did not give a reason for his decision, but he has been under domestic pressure to end the lease

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says he has decided not to renew parts of his country’s landmark peace treaty with Israel.
In a statement, Abdullah said Sunday that he would be pulling out of two annexes from the 1994 peace agreement that allowed Israel to lease two small areas, Baqura and Ghamr, from the Jordanians for 25 years. The leases expire next year.
Abdullah said he had informed Israel of his decision. “We are practicing our full sovereignty on our land,” he said. “Our priority in these regional circumstances is to protect our interests and do whatever is required for Jordan and the Jordanians.”
Abdullah did not give a reason for his decision, but he has been under domestic pressure to end the lease.
There was no immediate Israeli reaction.