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Armed Forces kill 85 alleged militants in Sinai

This comes as part of the ongoing Martyr’s Right operation

The Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Wednesday that 85 alleged militants were killed in Sinai as part of the third phase of the operation Martyr’s Right.

The second and third armies are participating in the operation to “launch major military operations in Sinai”, the statement read.

The firepower of naval and infantry forces resulted in the destruction of 50 houses and 10 cars, as well as the arrest of three suspects.

Despite its ongoing operations in Sinai, violence against citizens is still committed by militant groups.

On 18 May, a leading tribal figure, Abdel Hamid Saad, 45, from El-Fawkhriya tribe was reportedly assassinated in front of his home by masked militants in Al-Arish city in North Sinai governorate.

The Egyptian parliament approved on Tuesday the extension of the state of emergency in North Sinai for an additional three months, one day after a delegation of parliament members met with Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi.

North Sinai has been under a state of emergency since the term of interim president Adly Mansour, who came into office following Morsi. The state of emergency was last extended in January 2016.

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