Egypt Gets OK to Send More Troops Into Sinai

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel has approved a request by the Egyptian army to expand its military presence in Sinai, following a rise in terrorist activity in recent weeks, The Jerusalem Post reported.

As a part of the 1979 peace treaty, each country must approve any additional military forces in the area on either side of the border.

Egypt asked to send two additional battalions to the peninsula — one in Rafah to control smuggling and to defend El-Arish, which has seen a string of terrorist attacks recently, and another battalion in central Sinai.

On Sunday evening, the IDF declared a state of alert in areas near the Israel-Egypt border, and residents were instructed to stay in their homes as fighting on the Egyptian side came dangerously close, according to Israel Radio. No casualties have been reported on the Israeli side of the border.