CAIRO: Witnesses reported sounds of explosions and shelling on Monday in Sinai villages by the Egyptian armed forces, according to DPA.
The shelling comes as part of a wider operation targeting suspected hideouts of Islamic militants that began after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Houses suspected of being militant hideouts were searched during Monday’s raid and internet and telecommunication services were cut off for three hours, reported DPA.
Security forces launched other raids on villages on the borders of Gaza, in addition to western villages and slums south of al-Arish, Youm7 reported.
“More than 350 suspects and members of the ‘armed groups’ were detained since the security campaign began more than two weeks ago,” according to an Egyptian security source quoted by DPA.
Dozens of depots containing weapons, explosives and surface missiles have been confiscated since the beginning of the operations in North Sinai.