Egypt: Security forces kill 12 militants in Sinai

Egypt has battled militants for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 12 August 2018
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Egypt: Security forces kill 12 militants in Sinai

  • MENA didn’t say when the raid took place or whether any members of the security forces were killed or wounded
  • In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai and elsewhere in the country

CAIRO: Egypt’s official news agency says security forces have killed at least 12 militants in a shootout in northern Sinai Peninsula.
Sunday’s report by MENA says the fighting erupted when forces raided a suspected militant hideout in the city of Al-Arish. It says troops also dismantled two explosive devices and seized weapons during the raid.
MENA didn’t say when the raid took place or whether any members of the security forces were killed or wounded. Egypt heavily restricts media access to the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt has battled militants for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of the country’s elected but divisive Islamist president, Muhammad Mursi.
In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai and elsewhere in the country.


Three women, baby die after migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Updated 8 min 11 sec ago
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Three women, baby die after migrant boat sinks off Turkey

  • Turkish authorities rescued 11 people when the boat drowned
  • Almost one million refugees fled into the European Union through Turkey

ANKARA: Three women and a child drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast, the Turkish coast guard said on Tuesday.
Turkish authorities rescued 11 more people after the boat went down 1.7 nautical miles off the coast near Canakkale early Tuesday morning, the coast guard said in a statement.
State news agency Anadolu said the migrants were from Afghanistan and Iran.
Turkey, which has taken in nearly four million refugees from the Syrian war, is also an important route for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe.
Around a million people, mainly fleeing the conflict in Syria, crossed to European Union member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc’s worst migration crisis since World War II.
Ankara struck a deal with the EU in 2016 to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, and agreed to take back those landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives and financial aid.