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Egypt Targets Militants in Sinai

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
VOA News
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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by: New Weapon from: Egypt
August 09, 2012 2:49 PM
Israel has handed over to Egypt six "completely charred" bodies that were in the terrorist armored personnel carrier that was driven into Israel after attacking Egyptian soldiers before being destroyed by what appears to be a new heat laser weapon


by: Hamza Altawi from: Egypt
August 08, 2012 8:24 PM
however events unfold... Mursi looks clueless... and Egyptians are buying up weapons... democracy...???
I just know that if he had been at the funeral he would have been killed.


by: Sam Henderson ex UN from: Canada
August 08, 2012 8:06 PM
Do not believe a thing the Egyptians claim to be true... NOT A THING!!! they killed few unarmed Bedouin guys... and made claim out of all character to what they have really done... truly despicable people
the Egyptian are being urged by Iran to increase their military presence in the Sinai for the upcoming war of annihilation with Israel... Iran knows full well that Obama is an incompetent fool at best and a subversive agent at worst... you know the rest...

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