World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt launched air strikes on armed group targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said.
The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 attackers and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman.
Sinai-based gunmen, affiliates of ISIL, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
This week has been especially troubling for Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the Suez Canal, a vital global shipping lane.
The militants' assault, a significant escalation in violence in the peninsula between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal, was the second major attack in Egypt this week.Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2015, 14:29