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Egyptian military says it will intensify offensive against terrorism

A series of deadly militant attacks in North Sinai on Thursday have killed at least 30 people

Ahram Online , Friday 30 Jan 2015
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(Right to left) Minster of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Minster of Defense Sedky Sobhi perform funeral prayers at a military airport in Cairo (Photo: Facebook page of the spokesman of the armed forces)
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The Egyptian army said on Friday that militant attacks won't deter the armed forces from their "holy duty of uprooting terrorism," one day after coordinated attacks in North Sinai left at least 30 dead.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) convened on Friday to "discuss and analyse," the attacks, army spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

The statement, however, did not specify the exact number of those killed in the attacks. Reports by local and international media quoted anonymous sources putting the death toll at 30-32, while Al Jazeera said 42 had been killed.

"The army's offensives against terrorism, aided by the police and supported by the people, will continue and intensify in the peninsula, and across the country," said Samir.

A security source told Al-Ahram’s Arabic website that the army have responded to Thursday’s attacks by starting wide military offensives throughout North Sinai, targeting terrorist hideouts using Apache helicopters and un-manned planes.

Attacks by militant groups based in North Sinai have spiked since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, with security forces being the primary targets. The armed forces have responded by waging a military campaign aimed at eradicating militants from Sinai.

Also on Friday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab called on states and human rights organisations to "record and witness Egypt's sacrifices in the face of terrorism." Egypt's sacrifices, according to Mahlab, aim to defend the entire world from terrorism.

In the wake of the attacks, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi cut short a visit to Addis Ababa, where he was attending the 24th African Union Summit, to return to Cairo.

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks on an affiliated Twitter account.

The group, which has claimed a number of attacks in the peninsula, pledged in November its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), the militant group which controls large swathes in Iraq and Syria.

Parts of North Sinai are currently under an 11-hour curfew that was put in place following another deadly attack on 24 October that left 31 soldiers dead.

The curfew was initially imposed for three months but was extended last week for another three months, to expire on 24 April.

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Yasmina
31-01-2015 06:15am
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Fighting poverty in North Sinai
Until the residents n North Sinai start to see their standard of living improving the region will remain fertile ground for Daesh to recruit Egyptian for Jihad. North Sinai has so much potential for generating wealth into the region that needs to be developed by Cairo in conjunction with its residents.
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Juma
31-01-2015 04:51am
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So sad
We can blam only sisi and his loyalist .because militry salution are 10%% failed every where like Iraq and Afganistan other countries .and sisi pushing Egypt to unneccesary war .and Army officers Enjoying but public dieying . This is a times Army stay awy from politic
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Juma
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So sad
We can blam only sisi and his loyalist .because militry salution are 10%% failed every where like Iraq and Afganistan other countries .and sisi pushing Egypt to unneccesary war .and Army officers Enjoying but public dieying . This is a times Army stay awy from politic
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Aladdin, Egypt
31-01-2015 03:38am
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President Sisi, Please read
Like Israel, retaliation will get us nowhere; but will help terrorists to recruit. The best way is to dig a canal along the border with Gaza. Build 15-30, small forts along the west bank to house small force of snipers connect by service road. Further west build army garrisons with helicopter pads. ready to fly and shoot our enemies. Further, supply Coast Guard with fast boats equipped with sonar and depth bombs. Iran supply it poppet Hamas with arms by mini-submarines. The coast guard will have order to sink. Third : Infiltrate Gaza with special force to kill terrorist leaders. Warn Iran from interfering in our business. Shame on our engineers and military leaders. I have strong background and high education in military academies overseas and high engineering degree Tahya Misr.
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Khaled Egypt
30-01-2015 08:48pm
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Terrorism
This is we heard after every strike by terrorists against the Security Forces and after all their claims of success terrorist against strike more heavily.This is very clear that terrorism is not being eliminated but promoted.If you kill you own egyptain, deprive them from their basci rights, demolish their homes and lands in hours notice,courts and judge fail to deliver justice then what will victoms do..? Yes this regeim is pushing egyptian delibrately towards terrorism.When you cut the path of democracy and ballot thena actually you open the path of bullet.Violence and killing will never bring stability it will bring more violance but mindless junta never learn lessons from the history.
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Sherif Shehata
30-01-2015 07:30pm
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Enough is enough
We have reached a point in our life to say Enough is enough. This is how, Egypt should be one nation against terrorism. 1- All Ministers should be in the field to sort out Egypt's problems. 2- Egypt should shut down all the boarders in Sinai. 3- Evacuate all Sinai to Camps and check all the homes for the killers. 4-Air Force must check all Sinai and attack any movement until the white flag is raised. 5-Curfew from 17.00pm to 6.00am for as long as it takes. 6- New ID for Sinai Citizens. This is hard times in Egyptian History and to survive, Mr Mubarak Must pay for 25/01/2011. Mr Morsi must pay For what he has done and who killed Shimaa Elsabagh must hang. No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone, somewhere else is fighting to survive. May God let us see Egypt as we dream it can be, God save Egypt.
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Hadi Abdul Masih
30-01-2015 05:55pm
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There is no security solution for this politically-motivated violence
The real solution includes: 1-Relase of the 70,000 political prisoners. 2-Return of the Legitikmate President, 3-Cancelling the fabricated Sissi constitution and allowing all Egyptians, regardless of their ideologies, to participate in political life, and eforming the corrupt Justice system and punishing those responsible for murdering and raping Egyptian citizens.
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