CAIRO: Military airstrikes renewed Saturday in South Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah cities in North Sinai following Thursday attacks, Youm7 reported.
The sound of bombardment and clouds of smoke were heard and seen by residents who were asked to remain at their homes.
A security source told Youm7 that the land security operation implemented by anti-terrorism forces at the border villages in South Rafah, center of the Sinai Peninsula and areas in Sheikh Zuwayed will continue.
The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group claimed responsibility Friday for attacks took place on Thursday at military ambushes in Sinai and killed 15 soldiers and three civilians after missiles fall on their homes.
On the same day, Youm7 reported that the army announced it had killed 24 “terrorists” in North Sinai. The last death toll published by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir’s Facebook page regarding the attack were: five soldiers and 15 “terrorist elements” were killed, and dozens were injured.
The ABM group, which has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks targeting army and police personnel in the peninsula, re-branded itself in 2014 as Wilayat Sinai or (State of Sinai) in 2014 after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.
Military operations and the purported killing of Sinai “terrorists” by the military are reported by government sources on a near-daily basis.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein