CAIRO: Ten militants were killed and 13 others injured during army raids Egypt’s restive North Sinai, military, spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces announced Saturday.
During multiple raids carried out in North Sinai’s cities of Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah, “a total of 13 militants were injured in the ground and air raids, while six others were arrested on suspicion of carrying out attacks against security forces,” according to Samir.
Six unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed during the raids, said Samir, adding that “the army destroyed an underground tunnel north of the Rafah border crossing that was used in smuggling.”
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.
The army has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.