An Egyptian security official says helicopters have rocketed militant hideouts in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

The official said two helicopter gunships fired 13 rockets after surprising militant gatherings on Tuesday in two locations, al-Muqataa and Touma, south of the town of Sheikh Zuweyid near the border with Gaza.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to rules.

Attacks by Islamic militants surged in the lawless Sinai after the toppling of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy in a July 3 coup.

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