Egyptian army soldiers stand guard in North Sinai – Reuters
CAIRO – 12 December 2018: A total of 24 dangerous takfiris and one soldier were eliminated during exchanges of fire with the army, while 403 suspects and criminals were arrested, according to the 30th statement of the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 released Wednesday.
The Egyptian forces destroyed 342 terrorist hideouts in Central and North Sinai, where explosives and motorcycles were found. Four tunnels were destroyed in North Sinai and some 344 explosive devices were detected and eliminated on the route of the forces.
Thousands of bullets, thousands of kilos of drugs, dozens of vehicles used by terrorists, and tons of rocks mixed with gold were seized.
A total of 2,833 people of different nationalities were apprehended at the borders during their infiltration attempts.
Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 was launched last February at all Egyptian land and maritime borders, especially in Sinai. The operation has proven largely successful as terrorist attacks have significantly decreased.