Egypt army launches major operation against ‘terrorists’ in Sinai and Nile Delta

Egyptian security forces have been conducting operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police to defeat a persistent Daesh insurgency. (AFP)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Egypt army launches major operation against ‘terrorists’ in Sinai and Nile Delta

CAIRO: Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” across the country, the army spokesman said.
The army spokesman said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency.
“The law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in northern and central Sinai,” an army spokesman said in a televised statement.
The army spokesman said the operation will involve operational and training maneuvers to tighten state control on the country’s crossing points with neighboring countries, and urged full cooperation with the law enforcement forces involved in the operation.
Residents reported hearing extensive air activities above the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, which is close to the area of operations in northern and central Sinai.
Security forces have for years battled a Daesh insurgency in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police. The militants have expanded their targets to include civilians over the last year or so.


Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

Updated 22 May 2018
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Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

  • Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C
  • A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan

CAIRO: A heatwave currently gripping Egypt is expected to continue until Wednesday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority said.
A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan.
Swathes of the country experienced a gradual temperature rise by 4-7 degrees celsius.
Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C.
Milder temperatures are expected along the north coast, and temperatures will peak in Aswan and the New Valley at 47C in the daylight hours, but will lower by the evening.
Visibility will be affected by mist during morning time in Lower Egypt, and along the north coast. Low and medium-level clouds are anticipated on Wednesday along the north coast.
Forecasters previously warned that the weather will be “very hot” during daylight hours when Muslims fast.
Egypt’s second city of Alexandria is forecast to receive a high of 33C.
This year, Muslims in Egypt are fasting for more than 15 hours daily.