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Security sources: Sinai on verge of clan war

June 5, 2011 10:49 A.M. (Updated: June 6, 2011 12:37 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security sources warned Sunday that a crisis was looming in the Sinai Peninsula as clashes between two families escalated.

Egyptian security forces said they found a decomposed corpse buried in the desert on Sunday. The body was identified as Salam Brake, a member of the Tayaha tribe described by security officials as the "most wanted fugitive" in the Sinai Peninsula.

The victim's relatives accused the Fawakhriyya family from El-Arish of abducting Brake, and kidnapped 10 members of the family in retaliation.

Members of the Fawakhriyya family told a Ma'an correspondent that they were not involved in Brake's abduction. They blocked the main road between cities Rafah and El-Arish in protest over the abduction of their relatives.

The Fawakhriyya family then abducted Brake's brother from a hospital in El-Arish, where he was recovering from a traffic accident. They said they would hold him hostage until their family members were returned.

Egyptian security sources warned that tensions in the Sinai Peninsula were on the verge of erupting into serious clashes.
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