Egypt says 20 militants killed in Sinai, Western Desert

Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Egypt says 20 militants killed in Sinai, Western Desert

  • The military says airstrikes destroyed 39 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert
  • It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the claims as access to the northern Sinai is heavily restricted

CAIRO: Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 20 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.
The military said in a statement Wednesday that forces destroyed 18 hideouts and weapons depots, dismantled 41 explosive devices and arrested 83 suspects.
The military says airstrikes destroyed 39 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert.
It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the claims as access to the northern Sinai is heavily restricted.
Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February. It has struggled to combat a long-running insurgency in the Sinai that is now affiliated with Daesh.


Dust storms halt maritime operations in Kuwait

Updated 18 min 30 sec ago
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Dust storms halt maritime operations in Kuwait

  • Maritime operations have been suspended in three Kuwaiti ports
  • Operations were suspended at 8 a.m. local time due to dust storms

Maritime operations have been suspended in three Kuwaiti ports due to bad weather, the Kuwait Ports Authority said on Thursday.

Operations were suspended at 8 a.m. local time due to dust storms with northwestern winds of 70 km per hour and low visibility.

There are also warnings of waves on the sea of up to seven feet.

Conditions are expected to improve gradually later in the day, according to the national weather center.

Dust storms are common in the region and are often caused by strong winds that blow from the northwest across the Gulf.