posted on May, 17 2013 @ 01:19 PM
The sinai is since decades a paradise for shady bizness.
The traditional locals are bedouins who live since ages from travelling and transporting goods.
There is everything on the market, from normal merchandise to cheap israeli wodka, all kinds of drugs, arms to human trafficking. Already in the
sixties the hippies liked to travel there because of the endless amounts of supply.
As well the israeli youth likes to spend a few weeks/months in the region to decompress and party before or after the military service. (betcha those
before the service are much better party folks...)
The MFO is present with street checkpoints before and after every bigger village.
But corruption is very high, and they merely control the checkpoints. If you take the desert paths in a 4wheeler (Toyota pickups are the standard cars
in the region) or even use camels for transport you will not be hassled.
The desert stretches for miles and miles, and the villages are bedouin owned, where it is mandatory to host travellers and no questions are asked.
Long time ago i spent a fair time in the region. Sometimes it s bizarre, when you are camping in the middle of nowhere and you hear shots fired in the
night, and once i even seen rockets flying over (westwards).
Never reallly found out who was fighting who.
At the time i was there, there have nt been any training camps. I guess that s a post 9/11 phenomena.