Egypt army attacks Sinai militants

The Egyptian army has launched a major offensive against militants in Sinai. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that tanks, armoured vehicles and troops - backed by Apache helicopters - had attacked the militants in towns along the

The Egyptian army has launched a major offensive against militants in Sinai.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that tanks, armoured vehicles and troops – backed by Apache helicopters – had attacked the militants in towns along the border with the Gaza Strip.

The operation is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent years in Sinai.

Meanwhile, Egyptian soldiers have discovered mortars and other explosives on a railway line near the Suez Canal, the state news agency reports.

There have been frequent attacks on pipelines and security forces since the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

On Thursday a powerful explosion targeted Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim as he left his Cairo house for work. He survived unscathed, but officials say another person died.

Column of tanks

A military official, who spoke anonymously, told the Associated Press that the army would “clean” the areas in Sinai where Islamic militants operated.

This included the towns of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweyid, as well as nearby villages, he said.

A witness told the news agency he had seen a column of tanks, trucks carrying infantry, rocket launchers and other military vehicles. Smoke was also seen rising from the area.

A security official said “dozens” of insurgent suspects had been killed and wounded.

“This is by far the largest operation we have seen and the one we have been waiting for,” Sheikh Hassan Khalaf, a tribal leader from the targeted area, told the Associated Press.

Source: BBC

 

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  • ahmed saleh September 7, 2013

    TEREGAM miskin hizbi
    Now we will start to worry about Sinai military crisis development too because of those Eritrean captives in that region . Hidden war in every direction to make us occupied .

  • M Andu September 7, 2013

    It is a good start although it is too early to comment.

  • lemlem September 7, 2013

    why, Eritreans, where ever we go are occupied with war or at least with the news of it??

  • Taddesse September 7, 2013

    Politics…war….constitution….regime….opposition….Sinai…. Sudan….Ethiopia…..and much more….I am sick of it all is us going on circle.

    I am single looking for single Eritrean sister. Love will erase all my problems with the above subject manners. He’himamika eyou kuburat deki Hager.

  • Araya-11 September 8, 2013

    Alem arkibatom embear, nkulu gisie alewo, miknay tray, n wedi medhin strike(zidbdb) wun kimetsie eyu.

  • Said September 8, 2013

    Egyptian pounding the all city I hope and pray there is no Eritrean in those city been trapped.

  • tesfaldet September 11, 2013

    some members of the opposition mey not happy by the EGYPTIAN ARMY in sinai because the opposition was useing the RASHAIDA IN sinay with ERITREA FOR THEIR PLOTICAL USE so if there is no militan left in sinay their propoganda is doomed

    • ahmed saleh September 12, 2013

      STOP , STOP
      Have a little sympathy , Sinai events is unbearable to talk about it for over reason . Do not cross the boundary to
      cross the line . Because it tear many family members hearts in pieces .

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