Israeli forces have almost completed their withdrawal from the strategic Giddi and Mitla passes in the Sinai.
GV Israeli camp with troop trucks loaded with earth moving equipment
SV Israeli equipment into trucks
GV Israeli tank carriers tank going along road
GV U.N. camp
CU Sing soldier
CU Sing "U.N. Camp Giddi"
GV U.N. jeep along road leaving camp
GV Egyptian early warning station PAN TO Truck moving along nearby road
SV Egyptian troops
GV USA early warning station PAN TO Radio antenna
INTERIOR USA station control room
GV PAN Israeli early warning station
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Background: Israeli forces have almost completed their withdrawal from the strategic Giddi and Mitla passes in the Sinai.
The Sinai area from which Israel has withdrawn was occupied by Israeli forces during the 1967 War and represents more than 6,000 square kilometres (2,000 square miles).
The Sinai area from which Israel has withdraw was occupied by Israeli forces during the 1967 War and represents more than 6,000 square kilometres (2,000 square miles).
The Israeli forces will withdraw to a new defence line about 40 miles east of the Suez Canal.
The passes evacuated by the Israelis are the only routes through the mountains of central Sinai accessible to heavy military equipment. Egyptian, United States and United Nations electronic warning stations have taken the places of the Israeli bases.
The early warning stations are intended to prevent any build up to military force by either Israel or Egypt in the area.
Israel also has one of the most sophisticated early warning systems in the world at nearby Um Hasheiba.
More than two hundred American technicians will man the warning stations operated by the United States. the information received by the stations will be passed on to both Israel and Egypt.
The area evacuated by the Israelis represents the largest area Israeli forces have evacuated under an agreement made with Egypt last September.
It is hoped that the area will become a buffer zone between Israeli and Egyptian troops.