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30 arrested in North Sinai operation

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Tunnels in Sinai destroyed by armed forces bringing total to 1696

Security forces arrested 30 people suspected of taking part in “terrorist operations” as part of ongoing efforts to tackle militant activity in the Sinai Peninsula, according to state media.

The operation, which occurred on Tuesday, also resulted in the destruction of “30 terrorist hotbeds” and the destruction of unlicensed vehicles.

The armed forces spokesman also announced the results of three days of operations in a Wednesday statement. The operations, which took place between Saturday and Monday, resulted in the destruction of 18 tunnels in Sinai, in coordination with the engineering corps of the armed forces, “bringing the total of tunnels destroyed to 1696”. A Palestinian man entering Egypt illegally was also arrested, according to the armed forces spokesman.

On the northern coast, near Alexandria,  security forces arrested “51 for illegal immigration” including “4 Egyptians, 31 Syrians, 11 Palestinians and 5 Jordanians”.

In the south of Egypt five men “belonging to one of the terrorist groups specialising in the manufacture of improvised bombs and targeting electrical towers” were arrested whilst trying to “escape to the Sudanese territory” in possession of “$3,500 and 32,400 EGP”.


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