At least 13 people were killed today during an Egyptian military air strike against northern Sinai Peninsula. The attack destroyed four homes in the area.
The Egyptian military junta reported all of the slain as “militants” and later as “extremists,” claiming they were loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, the leading party in a civilian government ousted in a summer coup. None of the slain were identified by name.
Since the coup, Egypt’s military has been engaged in a protracted military offensive against the Sinai Peninsula, backed by neighboring Israel. The offensive has been going extremely poorly, by most accounts.
Though the Egyptian military has tried to portray much of the fighting in Sinai as targeting either remnants of the civilian government or Hamas, a large amount of the fighting has focused on totally unrelated Salafist factions.