Egypt’s military said it has begun a major security operation in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic militants are most active.
Army spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Rifai said the operation, which started on Friday and involves army and police forces, also covers central Sinai, Egypt’s Nile Delta and the western desert along the porous border with Libya.
El-Rifai said the operation is targeting terrorist and criminal elements and organizations.
“The armed forces calls upon the Egyptian people in all parts of the country to closely cooperate with law enforcement forces to confront terrorism, uproot it and immediately report any elements threatening the security and stability of the country,” he said in a televised address.
Militant attacks have increased dramatically in egypt since the military’s 2013 ouster of elected islamist.