FILE - Military forces are seen in North Sinai, Egypt, December 1, 2017 - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
CAIRO – 29 September 2019: Saudi Arabia supports the efforts exerted by Egypt to fight terrorism including the latest military operations carried out by the Egyptian Army and security forces in North Sinai, an official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry told Saudi Press Agency on Saturday.
The official asserted his country’s full support for brotherly Egypt in its fight against terrorism and extremism. He also offered condolences to the families of martyrs who lost their lives fighting outlawed armed groups and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.
118 terrorists killed, 33 shelters destroyed and 273 explosive devices were defused by Egypt’s forces during military operations in central and North Sinai, according to a Friday statement issued by the Egyptian military forces.
It was added that the Army forces were able to destroy 7 SUVs on the northeast strategic direction, 83 on the western strategic direction and another 25 SUVs on the southern strategic direction.
Eleven tunnels were announced completely closed, along with seizing fifteen automatic rifles, three guns and two Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) with the terrorists.
The operations which were taking place during the past period included foiling several attempts for illegal immigration inside the country for illegal immigrants from different nationalities.
During these operations, and as a result of engaging with the terrorist and ‘takfiri’ elements, one army officer, along with other nine soldiers were martyred, according to the statement.