Egyptian Forces Kill 7 Suspected Militants in Sinai
Assault a response to last Sunday's killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2012 5:49 AM CDT
Army trucks carry Egyptian military tanks in El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Gunmen sprayed a police station in Egypt’s Sinai with bullets Thursday, setting off a brief...   (STR)

(Newser) – Security officials say Egyptian government forces have killed seven suspected militants during raids against hideouts in a village south of the town of el-Arish in northern Sinai. They said today's raids took place in al-Ghora village, some 19 miles south of el-Arish.

The killings are the first reported casualties among the suspected militants since the start late last week of a major offensive against militant groups in the Sinai Peninsula. The offensive followed the killing last Sunday of 16 Egyptian soldiers by suspected militants near the border with Gaza and Israel.