Egypt Announces Major Military Operation against Terrorists

Egypt Announces Major Military Operation against Terrorists

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 07:30
An Egyptian soldier. AFP file photo
Asharq Al-Awsat
Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" in the Nile Delta and the northern Sinai Peninsula, the army spokesman said.

"The law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in northern and central Sinai," an army spokesman said in a televised statement.

The spokesman said the operation also includes other parts of Egypt such as the Delta and the western desert.

Police and troops have been put on "maximum alert" for the duration of the operation, the army said in its statement.

Sinai is the heart of a persistent ISIS insurgency.

The army, security forces and civilians have been increasingly targeted by militants since 2013.

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