[QODLink]
Middle East

Egypt says fighters killed in Sinai clashes

Military quoted as claiming deaths of 14 fighters and arrest of 47 others near Sheikh Zuwaid in north Sinai.

Last updated: 27 Jul 2014 08:05
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Egyptian troops have killed 14 fighters in shootouts in the Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last year, according to the army.

It said 47 people were arrested in the clashes on Saturday that state news agency MENA said broke out near Sheikh Zuwaid in north Sinai.

Also on Saturday, four children were killed when a mortar round crashed into their home in El-Joura, a suspected bastion of Islamist fighters.

Officials said the mortar attack apparently targeted soldiers and police combing the area for fighters who had killed two senior officers.

Violent attacks have surged since the army overthrew Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, in July 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.

At least 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, mostly Islamist protesters.

The attacks usually target security personnel, but they have also led to civilian casualties.

The military has poured armour and soldiers into the peninsula to quell the armed groups, who have also struck Cairo and other cities using car bombs.

174

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.