CAIRO: The Egyptian Navy destroyed four fishing boats off the coast of Damietta on the Mediterranean after allegedly coming under fire from the boats’ passengers, Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said on his Facebook page Wednesday.
Thirty-two alleged assailants were subsequently arrested; five Navy sailors were injured and eight are missing.
Samir said the naval ships were taking part in a training exercise when the boats started to fire at them, so the navy called in reinforcements.
Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdel-Halim said in a phone call on Al-Tahrir TV Wednesday that the attack proves “terrorists” are trying to find other methods to attack the military following anti-militant operations in the Sinai.
The military announced on their Facebook page early Wednesday that 18 accused militants were arrested in four governorates Tuesday. Samir said on the post security forces destroyed three alleged militant headquarters, 16 “hotbeds” and six motorcycles in a heightened crackdown in North Sinai, Ismailia, Port Said and Dakahlia.