ISIS STRUCK AN EGYPTIAN PATROL BOAT
An Egyptian Navy patrol boat was hit, on Thursday 07/16/2015, in a firefight between security forces and suspected militants loyal to the Islamic State ( I.S.I.S ) off the Egyptian Mediterranean coast near the restive town of Rafah, a military spokesman said see also – Rafah Tunnels ).
The patrol boat was chasing suspected militants along the coast of Rafah who exchanged fire with its crew, causing the boat to catch alight, army spokesman Brigadier General Mohammad Samir said in a statement. The incident left no casualties. Forces were combing the area for “terrorists,” the spokesman added.
A witness in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, just across the border with the Egyptian town of Rafah, said the boat was struck at least three kilometres from the shore. Islamic State fighters in Sinai have started to deploy wire-guided, Russian made ‘Kornet’ missiles against tanks and armoured vehicles, smuggled from the former Libyan Army depots in Libya, with effective range of 4.5 k”m. .
Earlier, on 07/01/2015, 21 soldiers were killed after simultaneous militant assaults on military checkpoints in the North Sinai towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, prompting days-long fighting between troops and insurgents that left over 200 militants killed.
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