Egypt police kill 5 militants in southern province

A member of the special police forces stands guard in Cairo. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 27 August 2018
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Egypt police kill 5 militants in southern province

  • The fighting broke out when police raided a suspected militant hideout in the Akhmim district in Sohag province
  • In February, Egypt launched a nation-wide security operation against the militants

CAIRO: Egypt says its police forces have killed five suspected Islamic militants in a shootout in a southern province.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement the fighting broke out Monday when police raided a suspected militant hideout in the Akhmim district in Sohag province, 390 kilometers (244 miles) south of the capital Cairo.
The statement added that police seized weapons during the raid. It didn’t say whether any security forces were killed or wounded.
Egypt, which has been under a state of emergency since April of last year, has been battling Islamic militants for years. The insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and Christians.
In February, Egypt launched a nation-wide security operation against the militants.


Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

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Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

  • Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged
  • The fires were fueled by high temperatures and dry condition

JERUSALEM: Israel is bracing for renewed wildfires amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating.
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged, fueled by high temperatures and dry conditions.
The EU ambassador, Emanuele Giaufret, said Israel had asked for international help to combat the fires, and aid was arriving on Friday from Cyprus and Italy.
Plumes of smoke rose from hillsides in the country’s center and south as firefighters worked into the early hours to control the blaze.
The cause of the blaze remains unclear, but it erupted following the Jewish festival of Lag Ba’Omer, which observers mark with bonfires.
A sweltering heat wave is pushing temperatures in parts of the country up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, or 43 Celsius.