Egypt’s military kills 19, arrests 20 in Sinai operation

Vehicles of Egyptian Army and police special forces are seen in the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula (Ministry of Defense/Handout via Reuters)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Egypt’s military kills 19, arrests 20 in Sinai operation

  • The militants were killed in operations over the past few days
  • Hundreds have died since the military operations began in the troubled region

CAIRO: Egypt’s military and police forces have killed 19 militants in an exchange of gunfire and arrested 20 suspects, in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the military said in a statement on Thursday.
Security forces launched a large-scale security operation in February to crush militants who have waged an insurgency that has killed hundreds of security forces and residents over many years.
The statement said the militants were killed over the past few days.
Their deaths bring the total of those killed since the beginning of the operation to at least 296 including 35 military personnel, according to Reuters calculations based on military statements.
Militants in Sinai intensified their attacks after the ousting by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the military in 2013 of Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood
Defeating Islamists and restoring security after years of unrest that followed Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising has been a promise of El-Sisi, who was re-elected in March in a landslide victory against no real opposition.


Sudan police deploy in large numbers ahead of fresh protests

Updated 3 min 35 sec ago
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Sudan police deploy in large numbers ahead of fresh protests

  • Video clips circulating online show hundreds of security forces in Khartoum and more heading to nearby Omdurman
  • Longtime ruler Omar Al-Bashir insists there will be no change of leadership except through the ballot box

CAIRO: Sudanese security forces are deploying in large numbers in Khartoum and the capital’s twin city in anticipation of fresh protests calling on longtime ruler Omar Al-Bashir to step down.
Video clips circulating online show hundreds of security forces in Khartoum and more heading to nearby Omdurman, a hotbed of dissent that saw hours of pitched battles between police and protesters last week.
Sunday’s expected protests come amid a series of strikes by professional unions, including doctors, teachers, lawyers and pharmacists. Demonstrations are also expected in other cities.
Al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup nearly 30 years ago, insists there will be no change of leadership except through the ballot box.