According to Al-Jazeera:
Can Egypt secure Sinai Peninsula?And according to the JTA:
August 10, 2012
As Egypt boosts its military presence at the border with Israel we ask what this really means for regional security"Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president, has sacked several high-ranking officials including the country's intelligence chief and the governor of North Sinai.
The decision came after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack in the Sinai near an Israeli border checkpoint.
Both Egypt and Israel blamed 'militants' from the Gaza Strip and the Sinai for the attack.
The claim could hurt ties between Hamas and Morsi, and has raised concerns over whether Egypt can secure the Sinai region.
Egypt closed the Gaza border crossing indefinitely after Sunday's attack, a move Hamas says amounts to a collective punishment" -more
Deputy speaker of Norwegian parliament salutes activists sailing to Gaza
August 10, 2012
(JTA) --The deputy speaker of Norway’s parliament expressed his "respect" for pro-Palestinian activists sailing to Gaza.
Akhtar Chaudhry met the 17 activists at Oslo’s port on Tuesday, according to the website Ship to Gaza Sweden. The ship, SV Estelle, sailed from Umea on Tuesday, sailed to Oslo Wednesday and then Kristiansand. The activists plan to reach Gaza in October in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade.
“It is a fantastic way to put focus on the longstanding, illegal and brutal occupation and in later years also blockade on Gaza,” Chaudhry said, according to the ship's website.
He also told the Norwegian news agency NTB, “I truly respect those who have volunteered for this action.” -more