Egypt army targets militant strongholds in Sinai
Published Tuesday 17/09/2013 (updated) 18/09/2013 09:58
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian army helicopters launched attacks on militant strongholds in the Sinai peninsula on Tuesday.
Four helicopters targeted villages in Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Mahdiyeh.
Several weapons caches were destroyed in the attacks.
On Monday, at least 10 Egyptian soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb in Sinai.
Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military action against militants in Sinai earlier in September, in what officials described as the largest mobilization of force in the area since the 1973 war with Israel.
The army has killed around 100 Islamists in the area over the past two months, while militants have killed 58 policemen, 21 soldiers and 17 civilians there, according to an AFP tally.