The Egyptian military has launched an assault against suspected Islamist militants after they attacked security checkpoints along the Egyptian-Israeli border. At least 20 people have reportedly been killed.
This comes just two days after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in similar attack.
Egyptian security officials told AP that attack helicopters had fired missiles just hours after three security checkpoints were attacked by suspected militants around North Sinai’s town of Sheikh Zuwaid, 10 kilometers from the Gaza strip.
Egyptian troops entered the village of al-Toumah, nearby Sheikh Zuwaid after they were informed of Islamist insurgent activity there, a military commander told Reuters.