Egypt says 21 fighters killed throughout raids in Sinai

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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.

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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.