Dozens of Egyptian policemen killed in North Sinai blast
At least 24 Egyptian policemen were killed and three were injured in a blast in northern Sinai on Monday morning, medical and security sources stated.
Medical sources and officials said that suspected militants killed 24 army troops in an ambush on two police minibuses close to the town of Rafah near the Gaza border. Sources said four armed men stopped the police buses and forced the passengers to get out before shooting them on the spot.
Over recent months, since Mohamed Morsi was deposed as Egyptian president, the military has taken the bull by the horns and launched a large-scale operation against the terrorist training camps and centers of operation that dot the Sinai Peninsula.
The IDF has been preparing intensively for the eventuality of increased terrorism from Sinai. Egyptian deployments are subject to the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.