3 soldiers killed, 4 injured during raid in Egypt’s central Sinai
The soldiers were killed in an explosion during a raid in the El-Halal
mountain area in central Sinai
Ahram Online , Friday 17 Feb 2017
Three army soldiers were killed and four others injured in an explosion in
the El-Halal mountain area in central Sinai, the Egyptian army said on
The explosion occurred during a raid on “terrorist hideouts” by the third
field army and police forces in the area. The raid also resulted in the
death of three militants and the arrest of three others, an army spokesman
said on his official Facebook page.
Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past three
years against an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai. Hundreds have
been killed in the violence.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree establishing an
emergency state in parts of North Sinai in October 2014, and it has been
renewed since then.
Under the state of emergency, Egypt’s army and police have the authority to
“take any action necessary to confront terrorism and protect public and
private property in the areas under the emergency state”. The curfew lasts
from 5pm to 7am.