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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo,  army trucks carry Egyptian military tanks in El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. Israeli officials said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 they have voiced objections to what they say are improper Egyptian tank deployments in a volatile desert area near the Israeli border. Israel says the deployment, part of an Egyptian crackdown on Islamic militants in the lawless Sinai desert, violate the historic 1979 peace agreement between the two nations. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, army trucks carry Egyptian military tanks in El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. Israeli officials said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 they have voiced objections to what they say are improper Egyptian tank deployments in a volatile desert area near the Israeli border. Israel says the deployment, part of an Egyptian crackdown on Islamic militants in the lawless Sinai desert, violate the historic 1979 peace agreement between the two nations. (AP Photo, File)
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(AP) Israeli officials say Egypt is violating their 1979 peace treaty by deploying tanks in the demilitarized Sinai desert, which borders Israel.


The officials said Tuesday they have made their objections known to the Egyptians directly and through American mediators. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a sensitive security issue.


Egypt has been building up its military presence in lawless Sinai after Islamic militants there attacked an army post on Aug. 5 and killed 16 soldiers.


Israel has welcomed the crackdown but says tank deployments should have been coordinated. Israel has previously agreed to exceptions to the treaty allowing Egypt to add troops and equipment in Sinai.


An Egyptian border official said he met with Israeli counterparts and heard their concerns about the military presence in Sinai.


Associated Press
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