August 8th, 2012
01:34 AM ET

Clashes intensify in Egypt

Clashes intensified in Egypt's North Sinai early Wednesday as Egyptian forces launched aerial strikes on militants in response to a series of attacks by masked gunmen on military checkpoints.

Egyptian Army Apache helicopters fired rockets at armed militants and there were numerous militant casualties, said Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of North Sinai security.

It was unclear early Wednesday how many militants were killed but state-run Nile TV reported that at least 20 militants were killed in an aerial strikes in areas in the port town of El Arish.

These strikes came after masked gunmen launched six simultaneous attacks in North Sinai early Wednesday, wounding five security officers and a civilian.

The targets included five security checkpoints and a military cement factory, he said.

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  1. saywhat

    Sinai is a 32000 sq miles of desert almost impossible to police populated by nomads.
    A democratically elected president is battling ruthless control of the military, to establish a people's govt.
    Sinai would hardly be his priority.
    The need was to extend assistance to the democratic process not strengthen and encourage the military as Clinton did in her recent unwelcome visit to the country.

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