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.
Egypt says archeologists working at a dig in Cairo have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back up to 4,000 years.
The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday that the artifacts were the latest finds in eastern Cairo’s Matariya neighborhood.
Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent.
Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, the head of the mission, says one inscription points to Atum, an important and frequently mentioned god, as being responsible for the flooding of the Nile River in the Late Period, from 664-332 B.C.
Egypt frequently announces archaeological discoveries, hoping this will spur interest in its ancient treasures and revive tourism, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising. (VOA)