World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the United States in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, considered a sign of easing tensions between the long-time allies confronting militancy across the region.
The United States originally announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters, imposed last year after the military toppled elected president Mohamed Mursi and cracked down hard on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
The Pentagon said in September that the United States would deliver the helicopters, built by Boeing Co., to support Cairo's counter-terrorism efforts.
Egypt is fighting an insurgency targeting mostly security personnel and based mainly in the lawless Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Egypt has created a one-kilometre buffer zone along the border with Gaza by clearing houses and trees and destroying subterranean tunnels it says militants use to smuggle arms.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief ousted Mursi, has also expressed concern over militants who are thriving in the chaos of post-Gaddafi Libya and are opposed to the Cairo government.
Critics say Egypt's crackdown is trampling on human rights and expanding to include peaceful protesters as well as secular and liberal activists.
In another sign of improving relations between the two countries, Stephen Beecroft, the new U.S. ambassador to Egypt, arrived in Cairo on Thursday. The previous ambassador left the post more than a year ago following Mursi's ouster.
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