[This is a syndicated post from the blog: Egypt.]
Via Ahrma Online
A senior Israeli general arrived to Cairo today for talks with Egyptian officials, including senior members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). in an attempt to contain the crisis that erupted over the killing of five Egyptian soldiers on the border with Israel Thursday, while Israeli forces were pursuing alleged militants, according to official Egyptian sources.
"He arrived following telephone calls between Cairo and Tel Aviv yesterday with a message from the Israeli ministry of defense and the office of the prime minister," said one official. Another official said that the "purpose of the visit is to contain the crisis". He added that Israel was not expecting such widespread anger on the part of Egyptians.
The killing of the Egyptian soldiers Thursday is not an incident without precedent. During the past five years there were a number similar incidents reported and others that went unreported. However, according to Egyptian officials who followed such matters during that time, there was a clear state directive to immediately contain any incident and not report it in the press.