Equipment and technicians for the US civilian-manned early warning station in Sinai began arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (21 January).
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Background: Equipment and technicians for the US civilian-manned early warning station in Sinai began arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (21 January).
The first shipment of heavy earth-moving equipment, which included tractors, cranes, generators and bulldozers, came by Jumbo jet from America.
Preparation of the site, between the Egyptian and Israeli warning stations at either end of the Gidi Pass, began the following day.
A second consignment, this time of sensitive monitoring equipment, arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday (25 January).
Technicians immediately began work on assembling the monitors, which will detect any troop movements by either the Israelis or the Egyptians through the strategic pass.
The early warning stations have been set up under an agreement signed by Israel and Egypt, and mediated by the US in September last year.
The Egyptians began building their station on New Years Eve. The Israeli station is already in operation.
While the US technicians were preparing the station, the Israelis were making a further withdrawal from the territory captured during the six- day war of 1967.
The Israelis pulled back from an area east of Port Faud to Kantara East, and Egyptian forces moved in immediately and hoisted their flag.
The withdrawals by the Israelis, are part of a carefully worked out schedule, also in the September agreement. They will take six weeks, and give the Egyptians control of a long strip of Sinai, west of the Gidi and Mitla passes.