VIDEO: Egypt says it’s killed 77 militants in Sinai since last month

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An armoured vehicle of Egyptian army is seen as they blow up buildings as part of an operation aiming to create a buffer zone at the Rafah border in Egypt, on November 1, 2014. After a bombing attack that killed 30 people in the North Sinai region, Egyptian army launched an operation to prevent attacks at the Rafah border which is between Gaza strip and Egypt. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Military forces are seen in North Sinai, Egypt, December 1, 2017.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

Egypt’s military has announced that operations in the country’s Sinai Peninsula resulted in the deaths of 77 militants in recent weeks.

The North African country’s armed forces say their efforts in the restive northeastern region destroyed 317 shelters or weapons caches and 10 four-wheeled vehicles between July 22 and August 30.

Seven members of the security forces were killed in the same period, the Defense Ministry says.

Warning: the following video contains graphic images.

Video released by the ministry shows aerial footage of remote strikes targeting alleged militant outposts and vehicles, alongside the corpses of alleged fighters gripping automatic rifles.

For years, North Sinai has been the site of bloody clashes between government forces and insurgents, some of which are affiliated with the Islamic State tendency.

Deadly attacks on civilians by Sinai militants have prompted vows of reprisal from Egypt’s government and have resulted in a major military focus on the area.

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