At least 117 people died in fighting in Egypt’s Sinai, worst violence in years
July, 2, Cairo: More than 100 fighters and 17 soldiers have been killed after simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai. It was the deadliest fighting in years in the peninsula on Wednesday, Egypt’s army has said.
A group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the Province of Sinai, claimed responsibility for attacks on more than 15 security sites.
After a day of fighting, which involved F-16 jets and Apache helicopters, the army said it would not stop its operations until it had cleared the area of all “terrorist concentrations”.
Military spokesman Mohamed Sanir, speaking to state television, said the situation in North Sinai was 100 percent under control by late Wednesday.
The interior ministry said the victims were fugitive leaders who were plotting attacks – something the group denies.
The Oslo Times