The Sinai sites due to be handed over to the Egyptians by April 25th this year, are undergoing evacuation and construction work.
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SCU Israeli military spokesman speaking of border between Israel and Egypt.
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Background: The Sinai sites due to be handed over to the Egyptians by April 25th this year, are undergoing evacuation and construction work. The Israelis have had control of the area since 1967 and are keen to show the Egyptian government that the hand-over will go ahead as planned - in line with the Camp David Peace Accord. One of the newest Israeli Air Force bases in the area is being evacuated and will be returned to the Egyptians, who will turn it into a civilian airport. Barracks are being constructed for the multi-national peace-keeping force which will monitor the operation after April. There is still concern among the Israeli settlers in the region about the hand-over. They have built homes and schools and started businesses in the area and the Israeli government is paying them compensation to leave and settle elsewhere. In the town of Rafah - one of those involved in the hand-over, an Israeli military spokesman explained the problem of the new border road - which will, apparently, cut through the centre of the town, dividing it in two. This is yet another problem to be sorted out before the deadline.