In this Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 photo, provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, attends the inauguration of the East Suez Canal Counter-Terrorism command, in Sinai, Egypt. Nabil Sadeq, Egypt's chief prosecutor on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 reminded his staff to closely monitor the media and start legal action against any outlet that disrupts security or hurts national interests, according to a statement issued by his office. (MENA via AP)
In this February 25, 2018 photo, provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi (C) attends the inauguration of the East Suez Canal Counter-Terrorism command, in S

Egypt's security forces kill 10 militants in Sinai operation

Ten militants were killed and 245 suspects were arrested in an ongoing clampdown on extremists in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said.

Since the launch of Operation Sinai 2018 on February 9, the army said it has killed dozens of militants and destroyed hundreds of targets. On Sunday, it said that four soldiers were killed, raising military casualties to at least 16.

The army “destroyed 145 shelters and warehouses in the mountainous region”, it said in a statement on Sunday.

“The air forces struck six targets belonging to the terrorists and destroyed two booby-trapped vehicles.”


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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi – who is seeking re-election next month – pledged in November to wipe out terrorist elements “within three months” after militants killed more than 300 people at a mosque in the village of Al Rawdah, in the troubled northern area of the peninsula near Bir El Abd town. No group has claimed responsibility for that attack.

Egypt's security forces have been increasingly targeted by extremists since the army in 2013 overthrew Mr El Sisi's predecessor, President Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood.

A group of Sinai-based extremists swore allegiance to ISIL in 2014. Attacks by the militants have killed hundreds of soldiers and police and scores of civilians.

Operation Sinai 2018 will cover large parts of the peninsula but also parts of the Nile Delta and the West Desert, where other militants have waged attacks.

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The National photo project

Chris Whiteoak, a photographer at The National, spent months taking some of Jacqui Allan's props around the UAE, positioning them perfectly in front of some of the country's most recognisable landmarks. He placed a pirate on Kite Beach, in front of the Burj Al Arab, the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland at the Burj Khalifa, and brought one of Allan's snails (Freddie, which represents her grandfather) to the Dubai Frame. In Abu Dhabi, a dinosaur went to Al Ain's Jebel Hafeet. And a flamingo was taken all the way to the Hatta Mountains. This special project suitably brings to life the quirky nature of Allan's prop shop (and Allan herself!).


Company name: CarbonSifr
Started: 2022
Based: Dubai
Founders: Onur Elgun, Mustafa Bosca and Muhammed Yildirim
Sector: Climate tech
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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024


Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).


Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).


Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).