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24 arrested in Sinai raids

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Operations targeted areas described as “hotbeds of terrorism” across both North and South Sinai

The armed forces and police detained 24 people on Monday in a series of raids across the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

The raids targeted areas described as “hotbeds of terrorism” across both the North and South Sinai governorates, said the armed forces spokesman in a Tuesday statement.

The raid also resulted in the seizure of weapons and ammunition including automatic rifles and shot gun cartridges, as well as narcotics including opium and cannabis.

The security forces also burned down 20 sites “used by terrorist elements as bases for launching attacks” on the army and police, said the spokesman. Five vehicles without licence plates were also seized.

The security forces have been waging a campaign in the peninsula to quell the rise in militancy in the region.

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