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Egyptian police clashed with armed men in northern Sinai today, according to state television. The clashes come a day after security forces began a crackdown on Islamist militants in the area. Nile News Television told Reuters:
President of Egypt, Mohamed Mursi, has sacked North Sinai's governor after an attack by Islamic minitants. A new intelligence chief has been put in place.
Protests erupted in the Sinai region bordering Israel today after Egyptian military troops and jets launched attacks that killed more than 20 suspected militants.
The attacks were in response to unarmed men opening fire on a checkpoint in between Al Arish and the border city of Rafah, according to the state-controlled MENA news agency.
Locals marched through the streets demanding better protection from the Egyptian government and arms to defend themselves.
Security forces closed the main highway shortly after the start of the military operation.
Egyptian military troops and jets killed 20 militants in the Sinai region bordering Israel on Wednesday, striking back after armed men attacked several security checkpoints, an army commander in Sinai has told Reuters.
He said: "We have succeeded in entering al-Toumah village, killed 20 terrorists and destroyed three armoured cars belonging to terrorists. Operations are still ongoing."
The military offensive follows attacks on Sunday that killed 16 border guards and which the government blamed partly on Islamist militants.
The commander said the army had received information that many militants were in al-Toumah village.
An Egyptian army source in Sinai has told Reuters that the military has killed 20 "terrorists" in the region and operations are still ongoing.
Egypt launched aerial military strikes in Sinai on today, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic militants, state-run Ahram news website reports.
The air strikes are sad to be in response to the deaths of 16 border guards last Sunday in an attack blamed partly on Palestinian militants.
Eyewitnesses in Sheikh Zouaid town, 10 kilometers from Gaza, where Ahram website reported the military attacks took place, told Reuters that they saw two military jets and heard sounds of explosions.
Other witnesses in a nearby area said they saw three cars hit.
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Following the killing of 16 border guards at the weekend, the Egyptian Army has cracked down on the 'lawless' Sinai region bordering Israel