Egypt escalates army operations in Sinai

12 February, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In its previously announced operation in Sinai, Egypt said it has killed 16 Islamist militants, destroyed dozens of weapons dumps, motorbikes and cars, according to a statement from the military.

A total of 16 militants were killed, it added.

In remarks to "Ten new" talk show on TEN channel on Friday evening, Radi said that "Sinai 2018 is a result of a series of military efforts and investigations since 2013, and particularly after the Rawdah Mosque attack", which occurred on November 24, 2017 and claimed lives of more than 300 people in North Sinai.

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Egypt launched a major assault against militants focused on the Sinai peninsula, where the militant Islamic State (IS) group has staged deadly attacks, aiming to crush their insurgency by the end of a February deadline set by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Security forces also uncovered and destroyed six farms used to grow banned narcotics, the statement said.

The Salafi Call, the parent organisation of Egypt's Salafist Nour Party, said terrorism in Egypt has become more unsafe than at any previous time and the threat is increasing.

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"The armed forces and the police assert their determination to uproot terrorism and to achieve peace and stability", said Colonel Tamer al-Rifai in the statement.

And last September Sissi met Netanyahu for the first time in public, the encounter coming ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in NY. Egypt has denied the report and the Israelis aren't commenting. The sweep covered areas in north and central Sinai, the Nile Delta and the Western Desert on the border with Libya.

In addition to its attacks on Christians, IS has adopted a threatening tone against Sufi Muslims, whom it considers to be heretics.

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In a Facebook posting on his account, Sisi wrote: "I follow with pride the heroic actions of my sons in the armed forces and police to clear Egypt's territory of terrorist elements". Last year, militants attacked a Sufi mosque in the region, killing 311 worshipers.

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