JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egyptian attack helicopters and troops reportedly struck and killed at least 20 terrorists in the Sinai.
The strikes on Wednesday morning were in retaliation for the deaths of at least 15 Egyptian policemen in an attack at the Rafah security checkpoint in Sinai, in which the terrorists also attempted to infiltrate Israel. They also came hours after late Tuesday night clashes between armed terrorists and Egyptian soldiers at several Sinai checkpoints and in Rafah, according to Reuters.
Sinai residents helped to locate the terrorists’ hiding places, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said, according to Reuters.
Egypt has not announced the identity of the terrorists, but Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that the terrorists were members of the Global Jihadi terror group.
The Israeli military was not informed of the strikes, Ynet reported.