By Ari Yashar
Egypt’s army reported on Saturday that it killed 16 Islamist terrorists in Sinai near the border with Gaza the day before. The liquidation of the 16 terrorists was conducted by an Egyptian airstrike in an area south of Sheikh Zuweid on Friday evening, according to the army’s statement.
The country has been in an incredibly violent and unstable period since the ‘Arab spring’ led to the toppling of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The anniversary of Mubarak’s ousting on January 25 this year sparked clashes that left over 29 dead.
Former President Mohammed Morsi replaced Mubarak, and was similarly ousted by the military last July. His Muslim Brotherhood has been outlawed and has repeatedly clashed with the army since then.
Egypt’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has indicated that he will run for president, an election bid which is widely expected to be a sure success.
Last November, Egypt signed a $4 billion arms deal with Russia that is designed to specifically enable Egypt to at least achieve parity with the IDF