Egyptian troops kill 52 militants in Sinai

Vehicles of Egyptian Army and police special forces are seen in the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula during a launch of a major assault against militants, in Al Arish, Egypt. (Reuters)
Updated 05 August 2018

Egyptian troops kill 52 militants in Sinai

  • Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants in February
  • The military says airstrikes destroyed 32 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert and in the south

CAIRO: Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
The military said in a statement Sunday that another 49 suspected militants have been arrested. It says it destroyed 26 hideouts and weapons depots, and dismantled 64 explosive devices.
The military says airstrikes destroyed 32 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert and in the south.
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 gained strength after the military overthrew a divisive Islamist president in 2013 and which is now affiliated with the Daesh.


UK resumes flights to Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh 

Updated 24 min 26 sec ago

UK resumes flights to Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh 

  • TUI flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Egyptian resort town greeted with celebrations
  • Travel halted in November 2015 following bombing of Russian airliner

LONDON: After almost five years of tourist restrictions to Sharm El-Sheikh, the first flights from Britain have resumed.
Travel to the popular Egyptian holiday destination was halted in November 2015 following the bombing of a Russian airliner immediately after take-off. All 224 passengers and crew on board were killed.
A TUI flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to the Egyptian resort town was greeted with celebrations when it landed on Sunday. 
One passenger told The Guardian newspaper that fire engines sprayed celebratory water jets over the plane as it taxied across the runway.
TUI, Britain’s biggest travel agency, announced in 2019 that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh would resume in February. 
Before the UK’s Foreign Office and Department of Transport imposed restrictions on Britons flying to the resort, the Red Sea destination had enjoyed hundreds of British tourists every year. 
But the ban required tourists to embark on multiple flights or take a ferry from Hurghada. Now-defunct airline Monarch blamed the restrictions on its decline. 
Despite the celebratory arrival of the TUI flight, heavy security measures remain in place in Sharm El-Sheikh.