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The Sinai Bedouins: An Enemy of Egypt's Own Making

Hilal Khashan
Board of Contributors
Apr 1, 2018 | 13:20 GMT
Egypt has long had an uneasy relationship with the nomadic Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt has long had an uneasy relationship with the nomadic Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula.

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Violence in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been steadily growing over the past seven years, despite repeated military campaigns to quell it. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a massive air, sea and land operation on Feb. 9 to drive the Islamic State from the region. Not six months earlier, he ordered the army to eradicate the jihadist group following an attack on a packed mosque in north Sinai. Yet each campaign overlooked a critical factor behind the region's unrest: the government's failure to understand and accommodate the Sinai Peninsula's Bedouins....

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