The targets they hit were those associated with the Islamic State’s Sinai affiliate, a terrorist organization responsible for hundreds of Shia and Christians deaths over the last few months.
Egypt’s military has destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest operation against Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the army said on Sunday.
Spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said that airstrikes hit vehicles, weapons caches, communications centers and illegal opium fields in the sweep, which began on Friday and comes as a response to a pickup in extremist violence in Egypt.
“The air force targeted and destroyed 66 targets used by terrorist elements to hide from air and artillery attacks,” for shelter during raids by security forces, he said in a statement. With North Sinai closed off for non-residents and journalists, the army’s casualty figures could not be independently confirmed. Telephone connections to the area, both mobile and landlines, are often shut down as well.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
El-Arish, North Sinai, 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.