Egypt's army killed dozens of Islamist militants over the July 4th weekend in North Sinai, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stepped up an offensive against an increasingly brazen insurgency, the France 24 website reports today (July 6, 2015).
Egyptian air strikes and ground operations killed 63 jihadists in the volatile Sinai region on July 5, a day after Sisi announced that more than 200 insurgents had been killed in recent days.
The Sinai peninsula has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamist militants since the army toppled president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Sisi rallied troops in El-Arish, the provincial capital, in an unannounced visit on July 4. In remarks broadcast on television, Sisi said: "To say that everything is under control is not enough. The situation is totally stable."