#AceNewsReport – EGYPT:July.01: At least 50 Egyptians, including soldiers, were killed after an Islamic State affiliate launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. It comes two days after Egypt’s top prosecutor was assassinated.
The identities of those killed were not immediately clear, Reuters reported. Sources earlier said there were soldiers among the dead. The army also said that troops have been killed.
The assaults took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, officials told AP. Two of the checkpoints were completely destroyed.
The militants took soldiers captive and seized weapons and several armored vehicles, the officials added, stating that the attackers used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, put the number of killed soldiers at 10, and said that fighting was still under way between armed forces and militants.
Samir’s statement, posted on his official Facebook page, said that about 70 militants attacked five checkpoints in northern Sinai, and that Egyptian troops killed 22 of them. He said soldiers destroyed three all-terrain vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft guns.
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#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 29 – Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement that he has resigned as defence minister to run for the presidency was broadcast live by Egyptian broadcast media. This is what he said:
“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Proud and honourable people of Egypt, today I stand before you in my military uniform for the last time after I decided to end my service as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the minister of defence and military production.
I have spent my entire career as a soldier of this homeland serving its hopes and aspirations and in this way I shall continue.
This is a very significant moment for me. The first time I wore military uniform was in 1970 as a 15-year-old cadet at the Air Force High School, almost 45 years ago. And I take pride in wearing this uniform to defend my country. Today, I am taking off this uniform to defend this homeland as well.
These recent years of our nation’s history have shown conclusively that nobody could become president of this country against the will of the people or short of their support. Never can anyone force Egyptians to vote for a president they do not want. This is a fact.
Therefore, I am here and, in all humility, I come before you to announce my intention to run for president of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Only your support will grant me this great honour.
I stand directly before you to speak to you from my heart, as usual. I want to say to you that I am answering the demand of a wide range of Egyptians who have called on me to run for president, to attain this honour.
I consider myself to be what I have always been – a soldier who is charged with serving the homeland.
And I will always remain in the service of this country in any post desired by Egyptians.
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#AceWorldNews says Libyan police have found the bodies of seven Egyptian Christians, who were killed execution-style on a beach in eastern Libya, Reuters reported, citing officials and local residents.
A police officer said on Monday the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east. Assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common in the area, where Islamist militants are active.
#AceWorldNews says that Egypt’s public prosecutor on Tuesday charged two men it said were Israeli intelligence agents, Reuters reported.
Two Egyptians were also charged with conspiring in Israel’s interests, according to the prosecutor’s office. Ramzy Mohamed, Sahar Ibrahim, Samuel Ben Zeev and David Wisemen – two officers in the Israeli Mossad – were to be sent to a Cairo criminal court for spying for the interests of the state of Israel, it said.
#AceWorldNews says `Putin Supports Sisi’s Bid for Egyptian Presidency’
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday threw his weight behind a presidential bid by Egyptian Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is visiting Moscow, Reuters reported.
“This is a very responsible decision, to take upon yourself the responsibility for the fate of the Egyptian people,” Putin told Sisi, and wished him luck. Russia is currently negotiating an arms contract with Egypt.
#AceWorldNews says about 90 percent of Egyptians who voted in a referendum approved a new constitution, the state news agency and a government official said. Early results of a ballot could allow army chief General Abdel Fattah Sisi to declare his candidacy for president. The constitution will replace one signed into law by Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president who was overthrown by the military in July. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott of the two-day vote and anti-government protests.