Last Friday, police and army announced that they will be on high alert for the duration of Operation Sinai 2018.
It said many foreign countries have their eyes set on Sinai, claiming that terrorists carry out attacks in Sinai with "technological backing from intelligence [services] of countries hostile to Egypt".
Egypt's armed forces on Friday launched airstrikes against alleged terror organisations in north and central Sinai, while three alleged members of a militant group were killed by security forces in the capital Cairo, the opening moves in a major new nationwide security operation, officials said. Col.
"The air forces targeted 66 hideouts and centres used by terrorists", Xinhua quoted a statement as saying, adding that 11 vehicles and 31 motorbike as well as three explosive warehouses were destroyed during the continuous raids.
A total of 16 militants were killed, it said, and four militants were captured.More news: Southampton boss Pellegrino urges fans not to jeer Van Dijk
Sinai 2018" is a continuation of a series of the "Martyr's Right" military operation "which were conducted against terrorists in North Sinai since September 2014, Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi told the reporters on Sunday.
The statement says they discovered a communication center and six drug farms. Egypt has denied the report and the Israelis aren't commenting.
Relations between Egypt and Israel have improved dramatically since the army ousted Islamist Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July, 2013. A military spokesman said that the operation would cover large parts of Sinai, Nile Delta and the Western Desert and borders with Libya.
"Egypt has for decades suffered from a variety of terrorist attacks, but terrorism in recent years has taken a very unsafe turn", targeting all Egyptians, including the army and police, as well as churches, to provoke sedition between Muslims and Christians, and even mosques, the group said in its statement.