[QODLink]
Middle East

Deadly air strike reported in Sinai

At least five suspected armed fighters killed in what sources claimed to be an Israeli drone strike.

Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 21:31
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

An air strike in Egypt's northern Sinai peninsula has killed five suspected armed fighters, news agencies have reported quoting Egyptian sources and witnesses.

It said the source of the strike was not clear, with some sources claiming it to be an Israeli drone strike while others credited the Egyptian military.

Residents heard a large explosion on Friday in the region near the border with Israel.

Egypt's army said two explosions were heard at about 4:15pm (1415 GMT) in the Al-Ojra area, 3km from the border with Israel.

"The armed forces are combing the area of the explosions to find out the cause," army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement. Witnesses said Egyptian military helicopters hovered above the site after
the blasts.

Egypt's military and security forces are engaged in a long battle against armed fighters in the largely lawless peninsula. On Thursday, Israel briefly closed an airport near the border after Egyptian officials warned of possible rocket attacks.

161

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list