Created on Saturday, 20 September 2014 17:52
Written by Ben Ariel - Arutz Sheva
Seven jihadists were killed in a shootout in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula during a joint operation by police and the army, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Sunday, according to AFP.
The seven men were among "the most dangerous elements of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis" and had taken part in a July attack on a border post with Libya that killed 22 soldiers, he was quoted as having told a news conference.
The minister did not give a date for the operation.
It says the attacks are to avenge the killing of pro-Morsi protesters by the army and police, a crackdown which has left at least 1,400 dead.
The group has also claimed responsibility for several rocket attacks
that targeted the Israeli resort city of Eilat.
Egypt's military-backed interim government has blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group for the violence, outlawing it and calling it a terrorist organization
. The Brotherhood denies being involved in the violence.