For the first time since the Yom Kippur War of 1973, the Sinai is once again the scene of fighting. (© AP/dapd)
The Egyptian army attacked covert militant Islamists on the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing several extremists by its own account. The operation was a reaction to Sunday's attack on the border between Egypt and Israel. The tense situation is forcing President Mohammed Mursi into an embarrassing cooperation with Israel, some commentators write. Others see the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel in danger.