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Egyptian security operation kills 17 militants

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Cairo: An Egyptian military official said on Thursday that at least 17 militants were killed and 62 more suspects have been arrested in a massive operation launched in the restive North Sinai province

“The forces also defused 53 explosive devices, burnt down 42 huts and dens of the terrorists, destroyed 16 vehicles and 13 motorbikes without plates, and ruined seven warehouses belonging to terrorist elements,” Xinhua quoted Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir as saying.

The security operation, which reached its 11th day on Thursday, left hundreds of militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Excavations in Egypt’s Sinai Helped Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism.

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This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows an ancient workshop to build and repair ships, dating back to the Ptolemaic era in the country's Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. VOA

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday that excavations took place in the Tel Abu Saifi archaeological site in Northern Sinai. The site is said to have been the location of the Roman fortress of Silla.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the workshop includes two dry dockyards where ships were built or repaired.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism. Pixabay

The Greco-Roman period in Egypt spans from its fall to Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising. (VOA)