Air force de­stroys 10 ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing arms in West­ern Desert

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The Egyp­tian air force pre­vented an at­tempt to smug­gle arms and ex­plo­sives into the coun­try through its west­ern borders with Libya, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the spokesper­son for the mil­i­tary, Tamer Al-Re­faee.

The air force de­stroyed ten ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing arms and am­mu­ni­tions, the state­ment read.

Egyp­tian air force and bor­der guards are con­tin­u­ing their search for the smug­glers, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.The armed forces pub­lished aerial footage show­ing the op­er­a­tion, and the Egyp­tian air force tar­get­ting the ve­hi­cles.

The op­er­a­tion comes as part of on­go­ing mil­i­tary ma­noeu­vers to con­trol the coun­try’s west­ern borders, and this is not the first air strike in the area.

On 23 Oc­to­ber, the air force con­ducted an air strike in the desert area that de­stroyed eight ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing arms and am­mu­ni­tions.

Last month, 16 po­lice­men were killed ac­cord­ing to the min­istry of in­te­rior, dur­ing a se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion aim­ing to at­tack a camp of ter­ror­ists 135 km south west of Cairo in the Al-Wa­hat desert area in Egypt’s west­ern desert, af­ter the Na­tional Se­cu­rity had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the mil­i­tant hide­out on 20 Oc­to­ber.

Two weeks af­ter the at­tack, a newly emerg­ing mil­i­tant group, called An­sar Al-Is­lam, claimed its re­spon­si­bil­ity for it.The group did not pro­vide any ev­i­dence prov­ing its claim, only mak­ing the an­nounce­ment through telegram.

The West­ern Desert has wit­nessed sev­eral at­tacks over the past three years. Be­fore the in­ci­dent in Al-Wa­hat, the most re­cent at­tack oc­curred in June 2016, when six mil­i­tary per­son­nel, in­clud­ing two of­fi­cers, were killed and three oth­ers in­jured, in a mil­i­tant at­tack in Al-Farafra Oa­sis in the New Val­ley gover­norate.

Mil­i­tary footage of tar­get­ted air raids

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