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Armed forces arrest 2,770 individuals over illegal migration attempts

Extensive operation includes navy, air, infantry forces

=Over the three weeks of the extensive armed operation called ‘Sinai 2018’, 2,770 individuals were arrested during attempts to cross the borders to/or from Egypt through the western borders between Egypt and Libya, and the southern borders between Egypt and Sudan.

According to a statement from the military’s spokesperson, Tamer El-Refaei, on Sunday, the border guard forces have detected and destroyed four tunnels on the border line between Egypt’s North Sinai governorate and the Gaza Strip in Palestine.

The recent campaigns targeted smugglers, criminals, and drug traffickers. It also resulted in finding two automatic rifles, 29 guns, 5,000 bullets, and 24 explosive units, according to the statement.     

The forces also found 2,600 kilograms of different sorts of cannabis, 1m drugs tablets, 103,000 various types of smuggled cigarette units, and large quantities of illegally trafficked goods. They also found 29 devices for the detection of metals, 2,200 kilograms of stones containing gold, and 73 vehicles used for smuggling.  

Egypt’s security forces launched on 9 February the extensive military operation in Sinai, aiming at targeting dens and ammunition storages which are being used by terrorists, according to the first statement from the armed forces. The operation includes navy, air, and infantry forces.

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