20 Islamic militants were killed Wednesday morning in an attack helicopter gunships Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula, a few hours after militant attacks on Egyptian checkpoints in northern Sinai, and three days after the 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in attacks attributed to Islamic extremists - the heaviest in last few decades. At the same time, the Israeli forces killed several militants who have fallen on its territory. Najl Television News (Nile News) reported that the attack helicopters "Apache" fired a missile at the vehicle in which you are Islamists in northern Sinai. An unnamed military official confirmed that 20 activists were killed in the area of the village Tumah and that the operation continues. Associated Press said that the attacks on checkpoints wounding six people, including one officer, two soldiers, two policemen and a civilian who was in critical condition . Sixteen members of the Egyptian forces were killed and seven wounded Sunday in an attack on a police station in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, near the border of Egypt and Israel. Egyptian state agency MENA, citing the source of security structures in Egypt, reported that the attackers were jihadists, in Egypt, and those who have come through the tunnels from neighboring Palestinian Gaza Strip, though the new president of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt Mohamed Murcia accused the Israeli secret service Mossad was behind the attacks. Israel rejected these statements as meaningless. After the fiercest attacks by militants in Egypt troops in the region in recent decades - Israeli forces said they killed several militants who have fallen on its territory. Egyptian army closed the border crossing to Gaza in an effort to locate the remaining attackers. Were closed and the illegal tunnels that lead from Egypt to the Palestinian territories, which are used for smuggling goods. Security officials said that this is the first operation of its kind in the Sinai by the Egyptian-Israeli war over the peninsula 1973rd year in which Cairo is trying to get it back under control. Under the peace treaty of Camp David 1979th Egypt was returned sovereignty over the Sinai, but limited its military presence in the area and the evenutalne changes require the consent of Israel. Test for the new Egyptian government Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi , who was elected as the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood - an organization that is fundmanetalističke was banned during the rule of Hosni Mubarak - has vowed to regain control over Sinai.But the government in this area increasing lawlessness following the revolution in Egypt last year. are where you cross the border of Egypt, Israel and Gaza is becoming increasingly a haven of smugglers who transferring goods through tunnels on Palestinian territory. Also in this area operate and Islamic jihadists, preparing attacks on Israel. escalation of violence in the Sinai may endanger the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. The Israeli authorities are asking the official Cairo to impose order on its territory.However, operations against the Egyptian forces, as they call them "terrorists" will not, according to experts, a significant change on the ground. Sinai is poor and the neglected area which is suitable for extremist groups who use the lack of central control after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak for an attack across the border into Israel. Uovoj area of 60 thousand square kilometers lives a few hundred thousand people, among them the Bedouins who complain about the poor attitude of the authorities in Cairo to them, which, as pointed out by connoisseurs the opportunity encourages extremism. One of the commanders of the Egyptian Sinai, said that "terrorists" well naoružajni, using rockets and that they tried to overthrow the Egyptian fighter planes, but they failed. On Tuesday the 16 Egyptian soldiers were buried. Attendees at the funeral called for revenge. Some protesters chanted slogans against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, trying to attack the Prime Minister Hisham Icon lamps.On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities handed over to Egypt six completely burned bodies of militants, announcing that some of them participated in the attack on Egyptian forces on Sunday. Israel supports the action of the Egyptian forces against militants in Sinai, but in recent decades did not look favorably on increasing its troops in the area neighbors. Analysts said the growing violence in the Sinai test the credibility of the new Egyptian government.
Sinai: The violence may threaten peace treaty Egypt and Israel
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