The Egyptian military says it killed 241 jihadists and lost 21 of its own soldiers during operations against an Islamic State-affiliated terror group in the Sinai Peninsula from July 1-5, AFP reported.
According to Cairo, the military is continuing to target jihadists in and around the northern Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid.
Additionally, an Egyptian official told the Saudi daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that many foreigners were found among the killed jihadists.
“Initial findings show Turks, Palestinians and Syrians among the dead,” the official said.
Meanwhile, five Egyptian civilians were killed in the northern Sinai on Wednesday when a mortar strike hit their home amid a battle between the Egyptian military and jihadists. It was not immediately clear who fired the mortar, as both sides use mortar strikes in their attacks.