30 militants killed in North Sinai: Egypt’s army spox
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CAIRO: The Egyptian Armed Forces killed 30 militants in airstrikes in North Sinai Monday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir stated.

“The armed forces destroyed several ammunition and weapon stores of the militants in North Sinai’s city of Sheikh Zuwayed and thwarted an armed attack on a security checkpoint,” said Samir.

The airstrikes coincide with the 34th anniversary of the Sinai Liberation Day marking the withdrawal of the Israeli troops from Sinai.

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 ISIS-affiliated Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group has claimed responsibility for most of the killings of Egyptian security forces in North Sinai in recent years.

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