Israel handed over to Egypt on Friday (25 January) more of the Sinai territory it captured 12 years ago.
GV Egyptian troops coming to attention as Israeli flag is lowered (2 shots)
SV Israeli and Egyptian officers saluting as Israeli flag is escorted away (3 shots)
GV Egyptian flag-bearer marches towards flag-pole
GV Egyptian officers kiss flag, flag is raised (3 shots)
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Background: Israel handed over to Egypt on Friday (25 January) more of the Sinai territory it captured 12 years ago. It was the sixth handover since a peace treaty between the two nations in March.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli flag was lowered to be replaced by Egypt's at a ceremony in the Sinai attended by senior military officers from both sides. The segment recovered by Egypt includes the strategic Mitla and Guddi passes, as well as the El Meliz airfield where the ceremony was held and Bir Gafgafa, the largest military base in the peninsula.
The area is desert and virtually uninhabited, but known as the 'Key of Sinai' because any army holding the two passes can control the whole of the peninsula. Israel is due to withdraw from the rest of the Sinai in April, 1982.
A land route through the Siani is part of the plan to normalise relations between Israel and Egypt, but formal transport agreements have yet to be concluded. Direct air links between the two countries are also likely to delayed for several months because of a lack of progress over the Palestinian issue. Israel has rejected Egypt's demands that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank should be granted wide powers of self-rule Instead Israel has offered limited measures which would allow the palestinians, who number more than a million, to run their day-to-day affairs.