At least 35 people have been killed in ongoing attacks on several military checkpoints and police stations in Egypt's northern Sinai.
About 70 fighters, reportedly belonging to an ISIL-affiliated group, simultaneously attacked several targets in the area today, sources said, adding that at least 22 of the fighters were killed and three of their vehicles were destroyed.
Egypt's air force deployed fighter jets to the region to assist the army in the ongoing battle.
According to medical sources, the mortuary in El-Arish received at least 35 bodies. Egyptian security sources said that at least 11 soldiers were among the dead.
Local media reports suggested the death toll of the attacks could be much higher.