CAIRO – At least 18 suspected extremists have been killed in recent days in airstrikes carried out by the Egyptian air force in the Sinai Peninsula, according to an Egyptian army statement released on Saturday.
Army spokesman Gen. Tamer al-Rifai said the attacks were launched in the city of al-Arish, capital of North Sinai province, as well as in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, and targeted homes and vehicles allegedly used by the suspected militants.
The spokesman neither specified the dates on which the airstrikes were carried out nor the identity or affiliation of those killed in North Sinai, where the Egyptian branch of the Islamic State terror organization is operating.
“The air force is continuing to support law-enforcement forces in northern Sinai to target dens and vehicles of terrorist operatives, as well as carrying out aerial reconnaissance,” the statement said.
“Aerial bombardment over the past few days resulted in the deaths of 18 extremely dangerous takfiris (extremists) in the cities of al-Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid,” the statement added.
A video of the airstrikes was released along with the statement, which was posted on Facebook.
Attacks targeting the Egyptian police and army have intensified since the overthrow of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.