41 KILLED IN CLASHES, ATTACKS ACROSS EGYPT’S SINAI PENINSULA

More than 40 people were killed on Tuesday evening, across Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security sources said.

Egyptian military sources told Ma’an that 30 militants were killed in clashes with the army, near the village of al-Jurah, south of Sheikh Zuweid in the North Sinai governorate.

Security sources also told Ma’an that, an Egyptian army commanding officer and three soldiers were killed, while inspecting a house booby-trapped by suspected Sinai Province militants in Sheikh Zuweid.

Three other Egyptian soldiers were shot and injured during another house inspection, the sources added.

Meanwhile, a Bedouin civilian was killed by an explosion in his own vehicle, in the village of al-Birth, south of Rafah city. Egyptian security officials said, Sinai Province militants booby trapped the victim’s vehicle because “he cooperated with the Egyptian army.”

In response, the sources added, Egyptian air forces bombarded three vehicles, reportedly killing six militants affiliated to the Sinai Province group.

Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The Egyptian president came under attack, following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members, following his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is necessary, to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

A militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, Beit Ansar al-Maqdis, aligned with the Daesh group in Nov, 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK