Six people identified as ‘terrorists’ by an Egyptian military source are being held after an attack that killed 16 border guards in northern Sinai last weekend.
The area borders Israel and has numerous tunnels for smuggling goods and people into and out of Gaza.
Northern Sinai, an area with al Qaeda sympathisers and anti-Israel hardliners, has seen scores of Egyptian soldiers sent to the region. Twenty people also labelled ‘terrorists‘ have been killed during a military offensive.
However, people can once again re-enter Gaza, with Egypt reopening the Rafah border crossing closed since Sunday’s attack.
“We hope that, at some point, the government will reopen the borders completely, because there are children and families that need to return, and we cannot be punished for the crimes of a small group of terrorists,” said one Palestinian woman.
For now, the border authorities are now allowing journeys from Gaza to Egypt, while the country’s president Mohammed Mursi tries to restore stability to the area.