Government air raids in Sinai target "dangerous individuals," leave at least 16 dead
Government soldiers have been stationed in Sinai in growing numbers since the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in its effort to crack down on all Islamist supporters in the country (File Archive/AFP)
An air raid by the Egyptian army in the town of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai late on Friday killed 16 “dangerous individuals” according to a military official. The strike targeted terrorists and militants in the Sinai town, according to the armed forces spokesman's official Facebook page.
Already restive and underdeveloped, Sinai has seen an upswing in militant violence since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer, with regular attacks claiming the lives of dozens of security personnel.
Egypt has poured troops into the region while waging a sustained crackdown on Islamists — principally Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood — elsewhere in the country.