News

Egypt: Military Troops Kill 52 Militants in Sinai

mm
Egypt: Military Troops Kill 52 Militants in Sinai

Egyptian soldiers and police special forces are seen during a launch of a major assault against militants in the Sinai peninsula. Photo credit: Reuters

According to a military statement released on Sunday, security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants and arrested dozens.

In the military’s official Facebook page, military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Refaie shared photos of operations, which are still part of the Sinai 2018 campaign operations.

The ‘takfiris’ (conservative Sunni Muslims who consider other Muslims as infidels) or militants had been killed in different raids in northern and central Sinai. Others had been put down in Arish.

The raids have also lead to the arrest of 49 suspected militants as well as  the discovery 26 hideout spaces.

In April, the Egyptian military reported that its forces killed a leader of Islamic State (IS), Naser Abou Zaqoul, in central Sinai.

Back in May, the Egyptian army killed 19 militants in another crackdown. In April and last month, two ‘major’ ISIS leader were killed by Egypt’s military forces.

Egypt’s aggressive military operation ‘Sinai 2018’ began on 9 February aiming to eliminate terrorism in the province, which has been troubled by an Islamist militant insurgency since 2013. The city of Arish has been particularly affected, namely the  small Coptic Christian community which has largely left to other parts of Egypt.

North and central Sinai are still deemed too unsafe for tourists; the south, however, is a particularly popular tourist spot which many international and local travelers who enjoy taking to Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba for diving and snorkeling.

 

Egypt's New Administrative Capital Set to Build 'Large' Airport
Coptic Church Issues 12 Decrees Following Bishop’s Death

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
mm

Cairo-based and with nine years of experience in journalism, Sara is deputy editor-in-chief and managing editor of Egyptian Streets. She holds two Bachelors (Egyptology and Journalism) from the American University in Cairo (2011). Her interests include history, comparative archaeology, gender, religion, minority rights, science fiction, and the environment.

More in News

Muslim Brotherhood ‘Spiritual Leader’ Youssef Al-Qaradawi dies aged 96

Mona Abdou26 September 2022

Egypt Sets Sights on Hosting 2036 Olympics

Shereif Barakat25 September 2022

Egypt’s Coptic Orphans Director Amplifies the Voice of Copts at UNGA

Egyptian Streets24 September 2022

Egypt to Open Archaeological Sites for Free on World Tourism Day

Mona Abdou23 September 2022

Legendary Actor Hesham Selim Passes Away Aged 64

Egyptian Streets22 September 2022

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Appoints Female Advisor for the First Time in Egypt’s History

Farah Rafik21 September 2022

Egyptian Customs Authorities Set Gift Limit at EGP 10K per Passenger

Mona Abdou21 September 2022

US Deducts $130 Million From Egypt’s Military Aid Over Human Rights

Shereif Barakat17 September 2022