Egypt Targets Sinai Militants in Air and Ground Raids


The military said its warplanes struck "terrorist concentrations and hideouts" in northern and central Sinai through the night and into the early hours of Saturday, targeting weapons warehouses and logistics support areas.

Moreover, the statement highlighted that members of Egypt's naval forces are now executing securing operations at the coast overlooking Egypt's North Sinai's city of Rafah for the sake of suspending any support coming from sea to militants.

It gave no details on any casualties in the operation or any figures on the number of people arrested, but said the assault would continue.

"Moussa called on Egyptians to stand together to support the armed forces and police against 'such terrorist organizations and those with foreign agendas who support them, and the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group, in order to eliminate them and save our precious nation".

The Army's third statement noted that ground forces, with the support of Special Forces and Border Guard Forces, executed on Saturday sweeping operations in different parts in cities of North and Central Sinai to chase down fugitive militants and kill them.

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The commander of the armed forces released three video statements on military spokesperson Colonel Tamer Al-Refai's Facebook page to follow up on the updates of the operation.

State television said on Friday that all schools in North Sinai had been ordered shut from Saturday until further notice. Members of the armed forces are barred by law from expressing political opinions in Egypt. Konsowa said he had submitted his resignation to the army in 2014 and it was denied. Islamist attacks against the army and police in Sinai had begun to escalate the previous year, having killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen.

Egypt launched a major assault against militants focused on the Sinai peninsula, where the militant Islamic State (IS) group has staged deadly attacks, aiming to crush their insurgency by the end of a February deadline set by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

The Telegraph also said that the campaign by the army, navy, air force, border patrol and police is taking place ahead of a March election in which Sisi is seeking a second term and is widely expected to win.