Egypt military kills 36 militants in N. Sinai in two days: statement
President Sisi greets Egyptian soldier during his visit to North Sinai

CAIRO: The Egyptian military forces have killed a total of 38 militants in restive North Sinai during the past two days, announced the Egyptian military spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a statement Saturday.

Earlier this month, the military forces, in cooperation with police forces, have launched the third phase of “the Martyr’s Right” military operation against the terrorists in North Sinai’s cities of Arish and Sheikh Zuwayed.

The forces raided hideouts of the terrorists, killed 36 militants, seized a total of 38 bombs, and destroyed 25 houses and 57 cottages inhabited by the militants, Samir added in the statement.

A weapon depot has been destroyed while 5 cars and two motorbikes were seized, Samir continued. Meanwhile, naval forces combed the coastal area to abort arm smuggling attempts, he noted.

The first phase of the military operation has started in September 2015.

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.

On Friday, three police personnel and a civilian were injured after a roadside bomb detonated near an armored vehicle in Arish, Youm7 reported a medical official.

Hundreds of military and police have been killed in roadside bomb attacks in Sinai where militant group of the Islamic State has a footing.

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