11 militants killed in North Sinai military operation: Army spokesman
Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Nov 2016
Egypt’s military raided three major “armed terrorist hotspots” in North
Sinai, killing 11 militants, the army’s spokesman announced in an official
statement on Saturday.
The spokesman said that the army tightened a siege on other militant
hotspots in North Sinai’s El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, seizing arms, wireless
communication devices, computers and cameras.
The spokesman added that the army’s operation against the insurgency has
reached a “critical stage in uprooting terrorism.”
The statement added that 28 explosives were located in the El-Arish and
Rafah areas and that 29 other explosive devices that had been planted to
target security forces were defused.
The anti-terror operation “Martyr’s Right” was first launched in September
2015 to root out militants operating in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
On Friday, an Egyptian army brigadier general was shot dead in El-Arish.
Egypt’s army launched a new security offensive two weeks ago against
Islamist militants in North Sinai, killing over 50 in response to a militant
attack one week earlier that killed 12 soldiers and injured six others.
This campaign includes operations by Special Forces units, the second and
third field armies, as well as the police, all of whom aim to “capture and
target terrorist elements and outlaws in the vicinity of villages, cities
and residential areas in North and Central Sinai.”
In mid-October, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended a state of emergency
in designated areas of the North Sinai governorate for three months,
starting 31 October.
A state of emergency was originally declared in certain areas of the restive
province in August 2013, and has been consecutively renewed ever since.
The army and police have been battling an entrenched Islamist insurgency for
several years in North Sinai.