Egypt army continues Sinai crackdown against militants
Military Spokesperson
EL-ARISH, Egypt- Ma'an

Egypt’s crackdown on militants in Sinai continued on Sunday as military forces raided several villages near Rafah.

Egyptian helicopters provided cover for ground troops to raid al-Mahdiyya village south of Rafah and several missiles hit targets in the area.

Military helicopters were seen over the border with Gaza as Egypt’s military announced that a militant attack had been foiled.

On Saturday, army forces discovered explosives under a border guard post in Rafah and later found a detonator 800 meters away. The explosives were removed safely.

The Rafah border crossing with Gaza remained closed for a fifth day on Sunday due to unrest in Sinai, officials said.

Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in Sinai earlier in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.

The army has killed around 100 Islamists in the area over the past two months, and the militants killed 58 policemen, 21 soldiers and 17 civilians there, according to an AFP tally.

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