Fifteen Egyptian military casualties in Sinai

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Egypt’s military said 15 men died or were wounded in operations in the Sinai Peninsula and 126 suspected militants were killed.

The military publishes updates on its operations in Sinai every few months, without giving a specific timeframe.

The statement came three days after the military said 10 personnel were killed or wounded in an attack near Bir al-Abd in North Sinai. Islamic State claimed the attack.

The Interior Ministry later said 18 suspected militants were killed in a shootout near Bir al-Abd.

Militants loyal to Islamic State are active in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt is battling an insurgency.

Human rights organisations accuse Egypt of extrajudicial executions, forced evictions and collective punishment as part of the crackdown.

The military denies the accusations, saying it takes civilian lives into consideration during operations.