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Egypt army kills over 20 suspected militants in Sinai
Published Wednesday 08/08/2012 (updated) 09/08/2012 15:55
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Egypt`s military killed `over 20` militants in the Sinai on Wednesday.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- For the first time since the October War in 1973, the Egyptian army on Wednesday launched airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula targeting extremist groups. More than 20 were killed.

A Ma’an reporter in el-Arish said Egyptian helicopters targeted armored vehicles belonging to "terrorists" in the villages of al-Toumah, al-Shallaq, and al-Atayqa.

The airstrikes started at 3 a.m. and stopped at 5 a.m. causing serious casualties.

Infantry soldiers then besieged what they described as extremist militants with the help of Bedouin tribes trying to control al-Toumah village, which houses the largest number of suspected militants.

Egyptian security sources said the groups fought back and attacked bunkers in el-Arish. Six officials were injured, according to one source, during fierce clashes between troops and the attacking militants.

Military sources told Ma'an that a bunker near el-Arish airport and other bunkers in the city were attacked by jihadists. Two officers and a civilian were injured in the attacks. The civilian was hit by a gunshot to the head and was transferred to el-Arish Hospital. Medics described the case as critical.

The attackers at the army bunker wore black uniforms similar to those who carried out Sunday’s attack killing 16 Egyptian officers, another Egyptian military source explained.

“There are states behind what the terrorists are doing in Sinai. It is far beyond Sinai groups' level,” he said.
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1 ) Julie / USA
08/08/2012 11:18
“There are states behind what the terrorists are doing in Sinai. It is far beyond Sinai groups' level,” .... think izrael & US, but watch izrael blame iran.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
08/08/2012 14:25
We will accept your apologies now for blaming the mossad.

3 ) Julies--you DO NOT BREATH / without
08/08/2012 15:08
Israel behind it!

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/08/2012 16:59
Julie - please keep your infantile, baseless shenanigans to yourself. You're saying your own country, the USA, is to blame for a jihadi attack on Egypt and Israel! Wow - you are on the wrong meds or your synaptic connections are severely impaired. Every time Islamic terrorists go on a killing spree, racist war-mongers like you love invent a story and blame it all on Israel and America (your own country!). By your logic, the Taliban are obviously Jewish and Saddam Hussein was Elvis.

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
08/08/2012 18:28
@ 2) Arnold/Canada and 4) Brian Cohen/Israel, BA !! -- HA !! -- HA !! -- HA !! ... GREAT comments !! ... I have to thank Julie for her brilliant deductions around here !! ... She makes me fart from busting my guts so hard !! ... The Egyptian lives lost and injured is sickening. The Egyptians try so damn hard helping the Palestinians--now those smuggling tunnels are being killed--that Hamas better work with Egyptian intelligence to kill these terrorist cells or Hamas will be under an (cont.)

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
08/08/2012 18:30
Egyptian blockade and isolation that will make ours look like a picnic.

7 ) ABE / USA
08/08/2012 19:08
Well said Brian. I could not agree more. the sad part is that you will never get people like Julia to understand.

8 ) karim / egpyt
08/08/2012 22:52
HELLO

9 ) KARIM / EGPYT
08/08/2012 23:01
HELLO WHO SEND COMMENT FOR AND IF YOU SEE MY COMMENT SEND MY COMMENT TO BY....

10 ) ian / australia
09/08/2012 07:09
#2 You're probably right Arnold but you can see why conspiracy theories arise. A mysterious "extremist group", unknown to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood or any Salifis carries out a baffling attack on Egyptian police which undermines the new Mursi government, strains relations with Hamas, results in the closure of Rafah, jeopardises the Sinai, green-lights an Israeli crackdown and generally makes Arabs look crazy and out of control on the eve of Abu Mazen's UN bid. So if it isn't the clandestine work

11 ) ian / australia
09/08/2012 07:11
(contd.) of the Mossad (or the Hand of G-d), in the way it benefits Israel alone, it might as well be.

12 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
09/08/2012 11:23
I always maintained that there is no need for outsiders to eliminate Muslims. Outsiders only give the start and Muslims do the rest.It is happening all over the world. Iraq, Afganistan, Libya Pakistan, Syria are some examples.
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