105 extremists killed since Sinai 2018 operation launch

Egyptian forces have killed 105 extremists since Operation Sinai 2018 began on February 9th, Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Tamer al-Refaie said Thursday (March 8th).

The spokesman said 16 army personnel have been killed and 19 others have been injured during operations, Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.

Egyptian army and police personnel taking part in the counter-terrorism operation are performing their duties with high morale, he said, adding that there is no time limit on the operation, which will conclude when it achieves its goals.

The army has located and destroyed five tunnels, two communication and broadcast centres, 41 four-wheel drive vehicles, 387 motorbikes, 471 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), in addition to large amounts of TNT and plastic explosives, al-Refaie said.

Armed forces have destroyed 1,907 shelters used by extremists, as well as storehouses containing medical equipment, weapons, ammunition, mines and materials used in manufacturing IEDs, he said.

The army has been working in co-operation with the Ministry of Supply to provide necessary food and other supplies to Sinai residents in the areas of operation, he said.

Border guards, in co-operation with forces tasked with securing the Suez Canal, are continuing to protect navigation and tighten security measures at crossings leading to Sinai, al-Refaie added.

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