Thursday, 28 May 2015
643 civilians and military killed and injured in North Sinai: Health ministry
Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 May 2015
Egyptian border guards patrol near the border with Israel in North Sinai city of Rafah, Egypt, August, 2013 (Photo: AP)
According to an official statement issued Wednesday by Tarek Khater, the undersecretary of the health ministry in North Sinai, the number of those shot and admitted to hospitals — civilians or security forces — in the governorate reached 466.
The statement added that 177 — civilians and security forces combined — were killed, according to hospital records.
A security source told the state-owned MENA news agency that 70 police officers were killed and 107 others injured in North Sinai in the last six months only.
Egypt's army is currently fighting a campaign against a decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai.
Militants have killed hundreds of police and army personnel in the past year and a half in North Sinai, while the authorities have announced that hundreds of militants have been killed in military campaigns in the governorate.
The Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most attacks against security forces in Sinai.
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