1 soldier, 15 militants killed in Sinai violence Tuesday
Egyptian security forces - AP/Ahmed Gomaa

CAIRO: A soldier was killed Tuesday in a security operation conducted by Egyptian security forces against militant hotspots in North Sinai, an official source told Youm7.

The soldier’s remains have been transferred to Arish Military Hospital.

The Egyptian army intensified security operations against militant groups in the Sinai Tuesday.

Media reports said that five militants were killed in Sheikh Zuwayed.

Meanwhile, an official security source told DPA Tuesday that 15 takfirists were killed and 22 suspects rounded up. Takfiri is an Arab word that literally means a Muslim who accuses other Muslims of apostasy, but is commonly used to refer to all jihadist and Islamists.

The source told DPA that 15 Huts and three houses were destroyed during ongoing military operations in Rafah, Sheikh Zuwayed and southern Arish.

Army engineers along with border guards also destroyed three underground tunnels on the border with Gaza Tuesday, the source said.

He added that ground operations in coordination with air support would continue until the “elimination of the militant groups and the cleansing of Sinai.”

In the last two weeks, 23 soldiers were killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint located in Farafra in the Wadi Gedid governorate. They assaulted the troops with heavy weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Since then, the army has intensified its military operations searching for culprits.

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