Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Egypt reports successes in Sinai operation against militants

Egypt reports successes in Sinai operation against militants

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is seeking re-election in March, ordered the armed forces in November to defeat militants within three months after an attack on a mosque killed more than 300 people.

The army also said that 30 suspected terrorists were arrested.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defense said on February 9 it launched a military operation of unprecedented size to "crush terrorism" in the Sinai and secure points of entry into the country.

At least 16 militants were killed today in raids by the military in Egypt's restive North Sinai region under a major operation started to tighten control of border districts.

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Most of the terror attacks were carried out by the so-called Wilayat Sinai (Sinai state or province), a Sinai-based group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) regional terrorist group.

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

In the first part of 2017 IS stepped up attacks against Christians in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt, claiming two deadly attacks on churches in Tanta and Alexandria on 9 April.

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Egypt denied this, and Israel declined to comment.

Egypt's security forces have been increasingly targeted by extremists since the army in 2013 overthrew Mr El Sisi's predecessor, president Mohammed Morsi.

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

According to Army spokesman Col. Since then, the armed forces waged the four-phase operation of "Martyr's Right", killing hundreds of terrorists.

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