14 killed in North Sinai military operation

Fourteen “terrorist elements” were killed Sunday in North Sinai in an exchange of fire in the Armed Forces’ latest security operation, according to a statement on its spokesperson’s Facebook page.

The 14 were killed separately in four different areas, the statement said.

Five tunnels in Rafah were also destroyed in the operation that took place over the past two days.

The statement said a field hospital “used by terrorist elements,” was also destroyed and its equipment confiscated, including a stethoscope, oxygen cylinders and sterilizing equipment. A generator used in the field hospital was also destroyed.

Five people were also arrested in the operation, the statement said.

The Armed Forces have been waging an intense operation against armed groups in the Sinai peninsula to combat an increase in attacks on security forces in the aftermath of former President Mohamed Morsi’s removal from power in July 2013. 

The military claims it is uprooting terrorism in the area. Residents of North Sinai have said counter-insurgency techniques used have involved scorched-earth tactics and human rights abuses.

The Armed Forces has been detailing its operations, namely in Sinai, in periodic media reports on its spokesperson’s official Facebook page.

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