Middle East

Egypt soldier and Bedouin killed in gunfight over land

An Egyptian army officer and a Bedouin have been killed in clashes over land in the governorate of Suez, east of Cairo, security sources have said.

A gunfight erupted when military police attempted to remove Bedouins from state land in a rural area near the southern end of the Suez Canal, they added.

The Bedouins reportedly refused to leave and fired on the troops. Other Bedouins later joined the gunfight.

Bedouins have complained of neglect by the government in Cairo.

They say tough living conditions have led some of them to resort to smuggling and other activities considered criminal by the state.

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