Reports from militant faction Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis today say that one of their cars was attacked today in the Sinai Peninsula, by an Israeli drone strike, and that three fighters were killed.
Israel has attacked targets in Sinai by drone previously, though such involvement is unpopular within Egypt, and the Egyptian Defense Ministry denied the reports, saying there were no drones in Sinai.
Egypt’s military attacked the Sinai Peninsula in the wake of last summer’s coup d’etat, and has been engaged in an offensive against various factions, which they say are in league with the ousted elected government. The war has gone poorly, however, and two more top Egyptian officials were reported killed today.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has been active since the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, and has launched attacks on both the Israeli government and Egypt’s junta over the past two years.
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