Egypt mentioned on Saturday that 21 fighters have been killed in clashes with safety forces within the restive Sinai Peninsula, the place armed teams have waged a long-running rebel.
The inside ministry mentioned in an announcement that police raided two hideouts of “terrorist elements” in North Sinai governorate, sparking a gun battle during which two officers have been additionally wounded.
It mentioned the 2 teams had been planning assaults throughout the main Islamic vacation of Eid al-Fitr, which began in Egypt on Sunday.
Security forces discovered automated weapons and suicide belts within the hideouts.
The navy has for years battled the rebel within the Sinai Peninsula – in Egypt’s northeast – that’s spearheaded by a neighborhood affiliate of the armed group ISIL (ISIS).
The preventing intensified after the navy’s 2013 overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, safety forces launched a nationwide operation towards fighters targeted on North Sinai.
About 950 suspects have been killed within the area together with dozens of safety personnel, based on official figures.