Egypt kills 19, ar­rests 20 in Si­nai

The Jerusalem Post - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s mil­i­tary and po­lice forces killed 19 ter­ror­ists in an ex­change of gun­fire and ar­rested 20 sus­pects in a con­tin­u­ing crack­down in Si­nai, the mil­i­tary said on Thurs­day.

Se­cu­rity forces launched a large-scale se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in Feb­ru­ary to crush Is­lamists who have waged an in­sur­gency that has killed hun­dreds of se­cu­rity per­son­nel and civil­ians over many years.

The state­ment said the ter­ror­ists were killed over the past few days.

Their deaths bring the to­tal of those killed since the be­gin­ning of the op­er­a­tion to at least 296, in­clud­ing 35 mil­i­tary per­son­nel, ac­cord­ing to Reuters cal­cu­la­tions based on mil­i­tary state­ments.

Is­lamists in Si­nai in­ten­si­fied their at­tacks af­ter the oust­ing by Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi and the mil­i­tary in 2013 of pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood

De­feat­ing Is­lamists and restor­ing se­cu­rity af­ter years of un­rest that fol­lowed Egypt’s 2011 pop­u­lar upris­ing has been a prom­ise of Sisi, who was re­elected in March in a land­slide vic­tory against no real op­po­si­tion.

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