CAIRO: A total of 82 detained Sinai residents have been freed after being arrested in military operations targeting extremists in the peninsula, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Senior tribal leader Aref Abu Akr said the detainees will be released shortly after procedures of their release at their detention place in Ismailia governorate are finalized.
Akr added to Youm7 that all the detainees were proved not involved in any violence and had not faced specified charges.
He noted that there will be another batch of released detainees within few days.
Extensive military campaigns in the northern tip of the peninsula have resulted in thousands of arrests to alleged militants. The army has lost hundreds of its forces due to frequent attacks in the troubled area since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
News about the army progress and attacks are usually reported by the military, since journalists and media outlets were denied access into the highly dangerous area.