Egypt security forces kill 11 suspected jihadists in Sinai Peninsula
The military launched a sweeping operation in February focused on the Sinai in eastern Egypt aimed at wiping out jihadists, including from the Islamic State group, who have been waging a bloody insurgency.
Jihadists launched an insurgency in Egypt after the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.
Hundreds of police and soldiers have since been killed in jihadist attacks.
The press is not allowed to travel freely in the area although the military organised a rare visit to El-Arish for foreign media in July.
Rights groups have repeatedly warned of the dangers the Sinai campaign poses for the area's civilian population.
Human Rights Watch said in an April report the military push had left "up to 420,000 people in four cities in the northeast" of the peninsula in "urgent" need of humanitarian assistance.
The army insists the local population supports the campaign and receives adequate humanitarian assistance.
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