1. 'Cleaning'

    Egypt Attacks Militants in Sinai

    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013, file photo, Egyptian Army soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle backed by a helicopter gunship during a sweep through villages in Sheikh Zuweyid, northern Sinai, Egypt. A military official said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, Egyptian helicopters and tanks are attacking Islamic militants in villages in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Saturday assault came after Egypt deployed a column of armored vehicles and trucks carrying infantry into the region, a militant stronghold, in a major new counterinsurgency offensive, the official said. (AP Photo, File)


    Eyewitnesses reported a major Egyptian offensive against militants in Sinai on Saturday. Not only troops, but tanks and Apache helicopters reportedly attacked Islamic militants in towns bordering the Gaza Strip. According to an anonymous Egyptian military official, the army intends to "clean" the area in the peninsula where the militants are active, including the towns of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweyid. This is reportedly the biggest operation of its kind in the area in recent years, althoguh there are no numbers yet for reported casualties.

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