Egypt continues aggressive attacks against terrorists in Sinai, bringing death toll to 43 this week

Military operations in Egypt intensifies as army clamps down terrorist activities.

March 22, 2015 18:35
An IDF soldier closes a gate that leads to the border fence separating Israel and Egypt.

IDF troops at Sinai border . (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Egyptian army continued intensive operations against terrorist forces in Sinai over the past week, killing 43 suspects, the army said in a statement on Sunday.

Army spokesman Mohamed Samir said the military killed terrorists with the help of air power, in an exchange of gunfire as they attempted to attack security checkpoints, the Aswat Masriya newspaper reported.

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Operations took place in the Sinai cities of El-Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid, said the spokesman, adding that five wanted suspects and 82 others were arrested durig the past week.

Another 16 terrorist hideouts were destroyed.

On Saturday, security forces killed 10 suspects in an air raid, security forces said, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Egypt is has nominated former foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit to become the head of the Arab League in 2016, succeeding current Secretary-general Nabil Al Arabi, Shorouk newspaper reported, according to Ahram Online.

Gheit served from 2004 until 2011.

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