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Egypt Targets Militants in Sinai

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An Egyptian mourns outside the mosque at the funeral of 16 soldiers killed in an attack over the weekend by suspected militants in Sinai in Cairo, Egypt, August 7, 2012

An Egyptian mourns outside the mosque at the funeral of 16 soldiers killed in an attack over the weekend by suspected militants in Sinai in Cairo, Egypt, August 7, 2012

Egyptian security officials say the military has carried out an assault on suspected militants in the Sinai peninsula following new attacks against checkpoints.

Officials say the airstrikes Wednesday killed 20 militants.

Sinai

  • Sparsely populated 60,000-square-kilometer peninsula
  • Large Bedouin population
  • Strategically located, and contains Egypt's only border with Israel
  • Was occupied by Israel from 1967 to 1982
  • The Sharm al-Sheikh resort, site of frequent peace summits, is on the southern part of Sinai

The strikes came hours after an attack against checkpoints in the city of El-Arish, about 50 kilometers from the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian military and President Mohamed Mursi had vowed to assert more control over the border area following an attack Sunday that killed 16 Egyptian border guards. Egypt said militants involved in the attack were trying to cross into Israel.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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