Egypt: 85 Daesh militants killed in North Sinai

Published May 26th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces are seen on patrol in Sinai. (AFP/File)
Egyptian security forces are seen on patrol in Sinai. (AFP/File)

Egypt’s army says its forces have managed to kill 85 militants in air and artillery attacks in the restive province of North Sinai.

The Egyptian army said on Wednesday that the attacks targeted the militants’ positions in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in North Sinai, according to RT Arabic.

The report added that three suspects were also arrested during the operations.

The army further noted that some 73 shelters, 57 homes and 190 tents which were taken by militants as a base to attack the Egyptian troops were destroyed along with ten vehicles and five motorcycles.

The new development came two days after the Egyptian army said it killed 13 militants in northern and central Sinai in a shootout.

The attacks are part of the security operation dubbed "Martyr's Right," against the militants’ positions in northern Sinai which began in September 2015 following coordinated attacks on several army checkpoints that claimed the lives of 21 soldiers in July 2015.

Over the past several years, Egyptian troops have been engaged in efforts to quell rampant militancy across the Sinai Peninsula.

The offensive has led to the deaths of hundreds of troops and militants, including those affiliated with the Daesh-affiliated "Sinai Province."

In October 2014, a state of emergency was declared across the whole peninsula following a deadly terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 33 soldiers.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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