Wounded civilians are treated in Sinai, after more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed during simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in the North. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Innocent civilians... caught in the cross-fire between Egypt's security forces and radical islamist militants. Hospital officials say, they've beefed up the number of staff to treat the wounded. Just a day earlier, Egypt TV announced that more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed after simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai. Journalist Mohannad Sabry, who specializes in Sinai affairs, says the clashes were a failure in Egyptian intelligence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINAI AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, MOHANNAD SABRY, SAYING: "What happened yesterday was a sophisticated, a truly sophisticated, plan of attack, and plan of capturing territory..." But the army said it would not stop until it had cleared the area of all "terrorist concentrations". Air strikes continued. An army spokesman said dozens more fighters were killed. The insurgents -- affiliates of Islamic State -- have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police in recent years, after former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was toppled. And this week, Sinai witnessed the deadliest fighting they've seen in years.