News

22 Militants Killed Day After Deadly Sinai Violence

22 Militants Killed Day After Deadly Sinai Violence

egyptsecurity

Egyptian security forces shelled early Thursday areas of North Sinai’s Rafah, killing 22 suspected militants, hours after deadly attacks and clashes left dozens killed, military sources said.

Two Apache helicopters identified a “cell” belonging to the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in Rafah.

The group, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for attacks on a number of security checkpoints around the Sheikh Zuweid town and its police station on Wednesday.

The attacks claimed the lives of 17 army personnel and left 13 others injured, the armed forces spokesman said. Security sources meanwhile reported to Aswat Masriya a higher number of casualties; 60 security personnel, ranging from deaths to injuries.

The 22 suspected militants killed early Thursday participated in Wednesday’s attacks, the sources said.

The army spokesman had announced on Wednesday the death of 100 suspected militants in clashes which followed the attacks.

Spokesman Mohamed Samir stressed in a phone interview with state television late Wednesday that the armed forces are in “full control” over North Sinai.

The militant attacks had aimed to besiege the Sheikh Zuweid town, Reuters cited security sources as saying.

The attacks on Wednesday come after Egypt’s top prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb attack in Cairo on Monday.

Militancy inside Egypt has seen a significant rise since the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, which was prompted by mass protests against his rule.

The second anniversary of his ouster will be marked on Friday.

UN Women and Cairo's Tuk-Tuk Drivers Join Together to Fight Sexual Harassment
Wednesday Siege Signifies "Major Development" in Militancy

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@AswatMasriya_En

Aswat Masriya is a Thomson Reuters Foundation-sponsored website that covers Egypt's transition to democracy. en.aswatmasriya.com

More in News

Egypt Constructs World’s Largest Solar Park

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 24, 2018

Tourists Gather to Watch Alignment of the Sun on Ramses II Statue in Aswan

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

Egyptian Female Wins Her Case Against a Harasser in Determination to Fight Sexual Harassment

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

Egypt has ‘Nothing to Hide’: Al-Sisi Comments on the $US 15 Billion Natural Gas Deal with Israel

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

New Zoo Established in Cairo’s International Garden in Attempt to Expand Egypt’s Green Spaces

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 21, 2018

Saudi Women to Own Businesses Without Male Consent Following a Royal Decree Allowing Women to Drive

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 21, 2018

Israel Signs $US 15 Billion Deal to Export Natural Gas to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2018

Egyptian Court Adds Former Presidential Candidate Abdel Monem Aboul Fotouh to Terror List

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.