Gunmen kill 2 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai
Published Sunday 08/09/2013 (updated) 08/09/2013 21:16
Egyptian soldiers patrol at their army post near Nitzanei Sinai on
Aug. 20, 2013 (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Two Egyptian soldiers were killed late Saturday by gunmen in the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid, security officials said.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at soldiers positioned in the village of al-Fatat before fleeing the scene.
Egyptian forces on Saturday launched the largest military operation in Sinai since the 1973 war with Israel, bombing at least 12 locations in the peninsula.
Security officials said at least "10 Islamist fighters" were killed in the air attacks launched by Apache helicopters and in ground operations, while 20 others were wounded and 15 arrested.
Sinai unrest has surged since the revolution that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, and attacks on the security forces intensified after the military toppled Morsi in popularly backed coup.
On August 19, militants killed 29 policemen in the Sinai, in the deadliest attack of its kind in years.