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Israeli drone strike kills 5 militants in Sinai

(JTA) — Egyptian security officials said a strike by an Israeli drone killed five suspected Islamist militants and destroyed a rocket launcher.

Residents heard a large explosion Friday in the region near the border with Israel. The officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities.

The Israeli military said they are looking into the report.

Egypt’s military and security forces have been engaged in a long battle against Islamic jihadists in the largely lawless peninsula.

On Thursday, Israel briefly closed an airport near the border after Egyptian officials said they warned of possible militant rocket attacks.

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