Fighting continues in Sinai with two terrorists killed

Morsi appears in court, arrest extended by 30 days; Russian warship visits Egypt port.

By REUTERS
November 11, 2013 18:46
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Military vehicles proceed northeast of Cairo May 21, 2013.

Egyptian military tanks, flags in Sinai. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The Egyptian army killed two terrorists and arrested five in fighting in Sinai on Monday, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Sabaa.

The army also captured weapons near its borders with Gaza and Libya, according to a report in Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper on Monday.

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Meanwhile on the same day, Egypt destroyed eight smuggling tunnels near its border with Gaza, a report from Al-Masry al-Youm said.

On Sunday, gunmen killed two Egyptian soldiers in an attack on a military facility near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, a security official said.

A third soldier was wounded in the attack on the base, located on the road between Ismailia and the city of Zagazig, to the west in the Nile Delta. The gunmen opened fire from a passing vehicle, the official said.

Attacks on security forces, many by terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula with links to al-Qaida, have become commonplace since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was removed from power by the army on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Morsi’s detention, which began with his ousting, was extended by a Cairo court on Sunday for 30 days.



The interim government installed by the army says it is fighting a war on terrorism, with the army launching a campaign to reestablish control of Sinai.

Separately, the Russian warship “Varyag,” arrived in Alexandria on Monday, according to Ahram Online, two days before Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are to visit Cairo.

Egypt’s moves to improve relations with Russia are seen as a way to counter US pressure and the recent partial aid freeze as a result of the military coup and crackdown on Morsi and his supporters.

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