Egyptian security forces killed 47 Islamic militants in the country's Northern Sinai on Friday in one of the biggest operations in the region in months, security sources said.
Apache helicopters killed 27 militants from the Sinai Province group, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hardline militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, the sources said.
Hours later, soldiers shot and killed 20 militants, said the sources.
, fighting to topple the Cairo government
, has claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks that killed more than 30 members of the security forces in late January.