Egyptian attack helicopters fired missiles at suspected Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula close to the Israel-Gaza border on Wednesday, killing roughly 20 people. It was Egypt's biggest show of force in the region since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The airstrikes came after a series of apparently coordinated attacks on checkpoints, including one on Sunday that killed 16 border guards. Security officials have blamed that attack, in which three dozen gunmen sprayed the checkpoint with machine-gun fire, on Palestinian militants who allegedly infiltrated Egyptian territory using smuggling tunnels from Gaza.
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