Authorities have confirmed the death of seven Egyptian police officers and four militants who were killed in a clash in the north of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday.
In a statement released by the ministry, they said the incident took place late Tuesday when militants attacked forces stationed southwest of the city of Arish.
Security forces added that the militants used more than 10 four-wheel vehicles in coordinated attacks at four sites.
Egyptian security forces launched a counter-insurgency campaign in the area in February 2018 as they have been struggling with Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula for years.
According to the interior ministry, earlier this month militants also attacked a checkpoint in North Sinai and left eight security personnel dead.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.