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>> Announcing the death of Islamic State's senior leader, Egypt's military spokesman confirming on Facebook a series of preemptive strikes in the region resulting in the killing of Abu Duaa Al Ansari. As well the destruction of weapons and 45 other Islamic State fighters. Egypt's Sinai peninsula borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal and it's home to the country's most active insurgent group, linked to deadly attacks on the capital.
The airstrikes are on the southern and southwestern areas of El Arish, the largest town in Northern Sinai. Islamic State has been active in the region since 2013, taking advantage of the country's political instability since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the now banned political group Muslim Brotherhood.