16 militants killed as Egyptian military launches operation in Sinai

Marie Harrington
February 12, 2018

He added that 11 pickup vehicles and 31 motorbikes were destroyed.

The army also said that 30 suspected terrorists were arrested.

In November, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the military forces to restore security in Sinai within three months after militants killed more than 300 worshippers at a mosque.

A video recording posted on social media, purportedly from a group affiliated to Islamic State, appeared to showed masked militants executing soldiers and civilians they accused of collaborating with security forces.

The raid comes while the country is launching a massive counterterrorism anti-terror campaign named "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018" that started on Friday.

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It also discovered and destroyed an explosives-making laboratory and a communications centre, as well as six cannabis and opium fields, he said.

And last September Sissi met Netanyahu for the first time in public, the encounter coming ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

Egypt denied this, and Israel declined to comment. A military spokesman said that the operation would cover large parts of Sinai, Nile Delta and the Western Desert and borders with Libya.

"The armed forces and the police assert their determination to uproot terrorism and to achieve peace and stability", Rifai said, according to the statement.

It said many foreign countries have their eyes set on Sinai, claiming that terrorists carry out attacks in Sinai with "technological backing from intelligence [services] of countries hostile to Egypt". The mission, announced Friday, is meant to target "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" across Egypt. Since then, the armed forces waged the four-phase operation of "Martyr's Right", killing hundreds of terrorists. IS has beheaded a number of Sufi men whom it accused of "sorcery". Locals said the mosque was popular among Sufis.

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