Militants kill 2 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai after army calls for rallies

CAIRO - Two Egyptian soldiers were killed on Wednesday in the lawless North Sinai region within hours of a call by the head of the army for rallies to back its efforts to quell violence triggered by its removal of the Islamist president.
At least five police and army positions were attacked in the region, which has seen a spike in violence since the army deposed Mohamed Morsi on July 3, security sources said. The militants usually strike at night but the two soldiers were killed in separate, daylight attacks in the port town of El Arish.
Hours earlier, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had called for mass rallies on Friday to give him a mandate to confront three weeks of violence since he led the removal of Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.
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