Egypt tribe pledges support to army in Sinai

The Sawarka tribe said Saturday (December 2nd) it will place its men at the disposal of the Egyptian forces as they seek to establish security in North Sinai after a massacre in Bir al-Abd, where the tribe is based, Ahram Online reported.

A statement from the Freemen of Sawarka declared the tribe's "absolute trust" in the ability of the armed forces to accomplish the security mission in the three-month timeframe set by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

After the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) attacked a Sufi mosque on November 24th, leaving 311 dead and wounding 128 others, al-Sisi ordered Egyptian army and police forces to restore stability and security in Sinai.

In its statement, the Sawarka tribe said it was determined to play a direct role in combatting terrorism in the area.

The Union of Sinai Tribes previously expressed the willingness of Sinai tribes to take up arms against terrorist groups, working alongside security forces.

The tribal body said it would co-operate with security and military personnel "as one hand" to "cleanse" the peninsula of terrorism.

"Faced with the bloody massacres to which we are subjected by terrorist cells in Sinai, we need to confirm that we have lost self-restraint, and the factors of national discipline no longer keep our feelings of vengeance in check," the Sawarka tribe said in its statement.

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