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Bedouins Lead Egypt’s Hunt for Militants

Shaken from their traditional seclusion by last year’s Egyptian beach resort car bombings, Bedouins in Sinai are leading the hunt for militants wanted in the attacks, guiding police through mountains and deserts to find the suspected culprits. Two of the suspects were shot dead Saturday in a valley near Ras Sudr, about 90 miles southeast of Cairo, following a five-day police manhunt led by Bedouins. The search began after a gun battle killed another wanted militant Tuesday. Bedouin tribesman, descendants of Gulf Arabs who crossed into Sinai centuries ago, have suffered greatly after the Oct. 7 attacks on the Taba Hilton Hotel and beach camps in nearby Ras Shitan that killed 34 people. Police rounded up thousands of people — including many Bedouins — for questioning after the attacks, while the tourism industry, which many of Sinai’s Arab nomads rely on for income, has since taken a battering. Full Story

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