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Army foils attack on checkpoint in Al-Arish, kills militants

6 army personnel were killed on Friday


The second field army in North Sinai foiled Saturday an attack on a security checkpoint in Al-Arish, the army spokesperson said.

In an official statement, the spokesperson said the attackers, who were wearing army uniforms,  were killed as a result of the detonation of explosive belts. The spokesperson published on Facebook photos of lower body fragments.

This follows the killing of six army forces in the same city on Friday. The attackers used hand grenades and firearms but managed to escape.

North Sinai witnessed the deadliest attack in two years on 7 July. An Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack, which killed over 20 in Rafah. It was followed by intense clashes, which the army said resulted in the killing of 40 militants.

Thus, measures undertaken by the army to combat terrorism continue. They include operations such as the Martyr’s Right series of which the fourth phase was launched in mid-July. Such operations target terrorist dens, and alleged militants are often killed or captured.

Moreover, a military buffer zone on the borders with Gaza entered its third construction phase in October. In parallel, Palestinian Hamas Group, which has recently reconciliated with Egypt, has announced the completion of the first phase of a buffer zone in Gaza on the borders with Egypt.

The Egyptian army also continues to target tunnels near the borders in North Sinai to prevent the smuggling of weapons.

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