At an event celebrating the 34th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day, Egypt's defence minister Sedki Sobhi said that security forces have eradicated numerous “terrorist hideouts” in North Sinai, Al-Ahram Arabic newspaper reported.
Sinai Liberation Day, which falls on Monday 25 April, commemorates the completion of the withdrawal of the Israeli army from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982 after 25 years of occupation.
The withdrawal was in accordance with the peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979.
Sobhi saluted members of the Armed Forces at the event, which took place at the Galaa Army Theatre in Cairo, and extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the country’s fight against Islamist militants.
"We are full of determination to eradicate the roots of this abhorrent terrorism, it is our sacred duty," says Sobhi.
The event was attended by Egypt's parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a number of ministers and MPs.
Egyptian security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency in North Sinai, which spiked after the ouster of Islamist Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.