A member of Egypt's security forces gestures as he stands on a watchtower in North Sinai as seen from across the border in southern Israel in this July 2, 2015 file photo.   To match Special Report EGYPT-ISLAM/SINAI   REUTERS/Amir Cohen/Files

Bedouins drawn into Egypt’s Islamist fight

EL-ARISH/CAIRO (Reuters) – One afternoon in mid-April, a Bedouin woman screamed inside her single-storey, stone house in the Egyptian village of al-Taweela. The screams were so loud that neighbors took notice, said Ali Abu-Freij, a resident in the northern Sinai village. He and other locals saw four men in masks speed away from the house in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

“When we went to the home to see what happened, we were surprised to find the husband tied up and saying that armed men had kidnapped his wife,” said Abu-Freij.

  • Minicapt

    Self-inflicted, as the Al Qaida/ISIS problem in the Sinai began in the Bedouin community.


  • tom_billesley

    It must have taken lots of screaming to alert locals that it wasn’t just the usual wife-beating.