16 terrorists killed in Sinai operation: Egypt army

16 terrorists killed in Sinai operation: Egypt army

Egyptian military says it has destroyed dozens of targets killing sixteen militants as part of its latest operation in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

A major operation was launched on Friday with Egyptian ground, air and naval forces along with border guards and police on the hunt - possibly with the help of Israel.

Egyptian security forces have so far killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country's anti-terror war declared by Sisi, the army chief then, following Morsi's ouster in 2013.

In November, extremists killed 311 worshipers in a mosque attack in north Sinai, prompting el-Sissi to give security forces a three-month deadline to restore order using "all brute force" required.

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A spokesman said they found a communication centre, an explosives laboratory and six drug farms. Members of the armed forces are barred by law from expressing political opinions in Egypt. Konsowa said he had submitted his resignation to the army in 2014 and it was denied. The Sinai borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has always been a bastion for Islamic insurgent groups tied to al-Qaida.

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

He said in a second statement the air force had targeted militant hideouts in north and central Sinai, while the navy tightened its maritime control to cut off supply lines. The attack was said to be the deadliest terrorist attack in Egypt's modern history.

IS started to scale up its attacks in Sinai from September 2017 onwards, as it started losing territory in Iraq and Syria. IS has beheaded a number of Sufi men whom it accused of "sorcery". As a result, the army carried out two massive military operations; In August 2011, the army launched "Eagle 1" against militants who claimed responsibility for bombing the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline in Arish in July 2011. Locals said the mosque was popular among Sufis.

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