20110131 – Cairo, Egypt –
Near Rafa and the border with Israel the bedouins of Sinai are continuing their long term dispute with the central government with new fervor. They claim that almost all of the Interior Ministry police have left their posts and that security is now provided by Bedouins and an Army presence.
One bedouin leader, Sheikh Mosa also claims that as Bedouins stockpile guns amidst the instability the prices have doubled from about $1000 to $2000. Also, he claims that in the last week the gun trade under the tunnel have reversed directions as demand in Sinai increased.
Photography by David Degner for the Wall Street Journal