Egypt forces 'arrest militants, destroy tunnels' in north Sinai
Published Tuesday 18/03/2014 15:41
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army on Tuesday launched a crackdown against smugglers and militants in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security forces said.
The army demolished seven smuggling tunnels in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, officials said.
They said four of the tunnels originated inside houses, and in two of those houses the army found drugs and other goods for smuggling into Gaza.
Egyptian soldiers arrested two suspected militants, and destroyed hideouts and motorbikes suspected to be used by militants in Rafah as well.
Meanwhile, in nearby El-Arish, helicopters hovered in the sky as Egyptian soldiers raided several hideouts. Five suspected militants and three suspected fugitives were arrested. In addition, a bus without registration plates was found and destroyed along with a steam bike.
Three suspected militants and one suspected fugitive were arrested in Sheikh Zuweid.
The Egyptian troops also seized a Russian-made rifle and two grenades in the city, the sources said.
Several hideouts were demolished as well.
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.