Latest update : 2015-07-01, France24
Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were killed—one of the biggest militant attacks in Egypt’s modern history.
The action marked a significant escalation in violence in the Sinai Peninsula, located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.
It also raised questions about the government’s ability to contain an insurgency that has already killed hundreds of police and soldiers.
Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The army said five checkpoints were hit by about 70 militants and the fighting raged for more than eight hours.
One security source put the number of militants at about 300, armed with heavy weapons and anti-aircraft weaponry.
Security sources said the militants had planned to lay siege to Sheikh Zuweid town, where most of…
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