Cablegate: North Sinai Local Council Discusses Security


DE RUEHEG #0080 0141244
P 141244Z JAN 10

S E C R E T CAIRO 000080



E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/14/2020


Classified By: Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs Stephen P. O'Dowd for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1.(S) Key Points: -- The North Sinai local council recently met to discuss the declining security situation in the region. The councilmen expressed concern over the increased availability of weapons, arbitrary arrests and lack of central government response to the killing of a prominent North Sinai resident. -- The council supports increased involvement of the Egyptian military, tribal sheikhs and local leaders to control the violence. -- Councilmen insist that Egyptian security improve its treatment of local citizens and take steps to control corruption.

2.(S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX provided post with a readout of the January 11 council meeting in El Arish on the security situation in North Sinai in the wake of recent attacks and demonstrations (reftel). The meeting was attended by XXXXXXXXXXXX

3.(S) The council expressed concern about the proliferation and increased use of weapons in North Sinai. The councilmen condemned the arbitrary arrests of 35 individuals as a result of last week's attack and encouraged the North Sinai Governorate to stop the practice and involve tribal sheikhs and local leaders in resolving the attacks and bringing the "real criminals" to justice. The council expressed frustration that "the central government had not responded to the attacks in North Sinai in the same manner that it did in Nag Hammadi, where ministers were quick to visit and the Prosecutor General launched an immediate investigation."

4.(S) The council recommended that the Egyptian military be used to control the security situation in North Sinai, if the Ministry of Interior's (MOI) police are unable to maintain control. However, councilmen insisted that "security's treatment of the local population improve and steps be taken to control rampant corruption within the security services." The council supported Egyptian Army operations in central Sinai because "the MOI is ineffective due to the harsh nature of central Sinai Bedouin and the challenges of pursuing suspected criminals in central Sinai." The councilmen vowed to continue meeting on a regular basis until the security situation is resolved. SCOBEY

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


NGO Coalition On Human Rights: Call For A Stop To Police Brutality In Fiji

A viral video has circulated online showing two police officers utilising disproportionate and excessive force in detaining the suspect, an individual half their size. In the video it shows the man’s head being pressed down on the ground, his arms being ... More>>

UN: India’s New COVID-19 Wave Is Spreading Like ‘Wildfire’, Warns UN Children’s Fund

7 May 2021 A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. In the last 24 hours, India registered 3,915 coronavirus deaths and 414,188 ... More>>

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: Economic Recovery Under Threat Amid Surging COVID Cases And Lagging Vaccination In Poorer Countries

New York, 11 May — While the global growth outlook has improved, led by robust rebound in China and the United States, surging COVID-19 infections and inadequate vaccination progress in many countries threaten a broad-based recovery of the world ... More>>

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>