An Israeli military vehicle drives along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert, near the Nitzana crossing, in this August 20, 2013
An Israeli military vehicle drives along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert, near the Nitzana crossing, in this August 20, 2013

Egyptian military spokesman said airstrikes in the northern Sinai Peninsula have killed 16 militants with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the ousted president's Islamist group.

Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said today the airstrikes targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri" militants late Friday in the eastern border town of Sheikh Zuweyid. Takfiri is an Arabic term referring to Islamic radicals.

He described the targeted militants as affiliated with the "terrorist" Brotherhood group.

It was the fourth such airstrike with a high death toll since militants downed a military helicopter in a nearby area on Jan. 24, killing all its crew members.

The military has been waging a wide offensive against Sinai militants. The area has been a hotbed for attacks on the military since the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi

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