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Egypt’s military on Monday said that 46 militants and three soldiers

were killed in shoot-outs in the Sinai where the country is battling


The statement added that 100 suspected criminals were arrested in the

operations, without giving a time-frame.

It added that 204 explosive devices and a number of hideouts containing

weapons, ammunitions and highly explosive materials were detected and


The forces have destroyed 10 tunnels on the border with the Gaza Strip

and seized a number of RPGs and mortar shells, it said.

In 2018, Egypt started a major security operation in Northern Sinai – a

hotbed of militants – and elsewhere in the country.

Egypt has seen a spate of attacks mainly against security forces since the

army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi