Fresh clashes in Egypt's Sinai

Egyptian police clashed with armed men in northern Sinai today, state television said. Egyptian forces killed 20 militants in the region bordering Israel on Wednesday, striking back after armed men attacked security checkpoints.

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Egyptian forces clash with armed men in Sinai

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:

Clashes resumed between armed men and police forces in front of police station number two in al-Arish

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Protesters gather after Egypt attack

Protests erupted in the Sinai region bordering Israel today after Egyptian military troops and jets launched attacks that killed more than 20 suspected militants.

Residents gather outside the hospital in Al Arish city
Residents gather outside the hospital in Al Arish city Credit: Reuters TV

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 pour out onto the streets of Al Arish
Locals pour out onto the streets of Al Arish Credit: Reuters TV

Locals marched through the streets demanding better protection from the Egyptian government and arms to defend themselves.

An ambulance ferries the injured
An ambulance ferries the injured Credit: Reuters TV

Security forces closed the main highway shortly after the start of the military operation.

Cars wait as the highway to the checkpoint is closed
Cars wait as the highway to the checkpoint is closed Credit: Reuters TV

Egypt army kills 20 militants in Sinai, says official

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.

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Reports: Egypt launches air strikes on suspected militants in Sinai

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.