Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
11:10 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
28 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
2 Egypt soldiers killed fighting Sinai militants
Associated Press
In this imaged released on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces, Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus, after a suicide attacker hit his explosive-laden car into the bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo
In this imaged released on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces, Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus, after a suicide attacker hit his explosive-laden car into the bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo
A+ A-

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian troops fought al-Qaida-inspired militants Friday in the northern Sinai Peninsula, with Islamic extremists parading the corpse of one of two soldiers killed through the streets while it hung from a pole, a security official and witnesses said.

The militants fired celebratory gunfire in a village bordering the Gaza Strip around the displayed corpse, showing the challenge Egypt's government faces in putting down the insurgency that flourished after a July 3 military coup toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The Sinai clash flared after troops backed by armored vehicles swept through a village called el-Mahdiya. The operation targeted three of the most-wanted Ansar Jerusalem militants, including Shadi el-Manaei, a suspected mastermind of previous attacks, the official said.

The fighting killed two soldiers and wounded eight, the official said. Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, a military spokesman, confirmed the killings in a Facebook post and said soldiers killed three "terrorists" in the operation.

Amid the fighting, militants seized one of the soldiers' corpses, hung it from the pole and drove it to a village called Nagaa Shabana in celebration, witnesses and the official said.

Ali said troops came under fire "from all directions" and that attack helicopters were sent to "deal with the targets," without elaborating.

Ansar Jerusalem, like other Sinai-based al-Qaida-inspired groups, has been blamed for rising attacks against Egypt's military and police since a July 3 military coup toppled Morsi.

The group claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing targeting Egypt's interior minister in September, an attack he escaped from unharmed. Scores of Egyptian police officers and soldiers have been killed in attacks by suspected Islamic militants since the coup.

Elsewhere in the country, authorities fired tear gas to disperse scattered protests by rock-throwing supporters of Morsi and opponents of the military-backed interim government.

In Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Suez in eastern Egypt, Morsi supporters marched after Friday prayers and chanted against the military under the slogan "Our 2012 Constitution" - referring to the suspended charter drafted under Morsi that has been extensively amended after his ouster. The interim government has set Jan. 14-15 for a public vote on the amended constitution.

The vote will be the first real test of Egypt's interim government, which hopes for a comfortable majority to enshrine its legitimacy. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood says it will boycott the vote and is calling on its followers to take to the streets during the two-day referendum.

In a statement Friday, the Brotherhood-led alliance said that the protests are the beginning of a week of protests. It called the upcoming vote on the constitution "a betrayal of the revolution's martyrs."

A security official said more than 40 people were arrested across the country Friday over the protests. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

In Suez, protester Abdel Rahman Saad said that demonstrators including women came under attack by military and police vehicles firing live ammunition and birdshot. It was not possible to verify his account. The Interior Ministry has denied using live ammunition to disperse protests.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Egypt
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS