The work in cooperation with the Palestinian Hamas is to stop the flow of weapons and other supplies from Gaza to the Islamic State.
Times of Israel:
Egypt’s military has bulldozed at least 140 homes and more than 200 acres along the Gaza Strip border, expanding a buffer zone in an effort to cut off the flow of weapons and militants.
The governor of Northern Sinai province, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fatah Harhour, told The Associated Press late Monday that the military began a new phase in clearing the zone, which is 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) wide and 10 kilometers (6 miles) long.
Egypt has struggled to combat an Islamic State-led insurgency in the northern Sinai since 2014, and has built the buffer zone to prevent the militants from using a vast tunnel network under the border that was created to evade a decade-old Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory, imposed in order to prevent the import of weaponry.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Rafah, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt
Egypt (EG) is estimated to have a population of 92.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 2.2% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 10.6 million.