Pictures from Comprehensive Operation "Sinai 2018" by Egypt's military forces and police CC- Press photo Pictures from Comprehensive Operation "Sinai 2018" by Egypt's military forces and police CC- Press photo

13 terrorists killed by Egypt’s security forces in Arish

Wed, Jul. 25, 2018
CAIRO – 25 July 2018: Thirteen terrorists were killed by Egypt’s security forces on Tuesday, July 24, in Masaid district, Arish in North Sinai.

In an official statement issued on Tuesday, Egypt’s security forces said that they received information about a group of terrorists in one of the under construction houses in Masaid district; accordingly, the forces headed to the district and exchanged fire with the armed group.

It was added that the forces managed to seize four automatic rifles, two cartridge rifles, three explosive devices and a multi-shooting bar with 83 rounds.

On July 3, Egypt’s Air Forces killed three takfiri elements and arrested 59 criminals and suspects in North and Central Sinai, as part of the “Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018,” the army said in an official statement.

Also on July 11, security forces managed to eliminate 11 takfiri elements after fire exchange, while raiding a terrorist hideout in Al-Arish’s Omran district, according to security sources.

Following the raid, the security forces could seize three machine guns, a cartridge firearm and two explosive devices possessed by the takfiris, according to the sources.
Egypt has been struggling for years to contain terrorist activities in Sinai.

Many military operations have been carried out by army and police forces, killing hundreds of militants and building a buffer zone along the border with Gaza, so that the Egyptian authorities can curb the flow of militants and weapons infiltrating through underground tunnels.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi authorized the army chief of staff to use “all brute force” against terrorism.

In February, the Egyptian Armed Forces launched a full-scale military operation titled "Sinai 2018" to confront terrorist elements in Sinai and other areas across the country. Military spokesman Tamer el-Rafei announced a major military operation to purge the country from terrorism.
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