A military source said Thursday that the "zero hour" to rid Sinai of criminal elements begins Friday, which corresponds with 10 Ramadan, the anniversary of the October War of 1973.
The armed forces are cooperating with the police to face criminal elements in North Sinai, within a plan to tighten control over the situation in the region.
The source said that ten armed elements were killed and dozens others wounded in the past 48 hours.
The military campaign is equipped with heavy machinery, rocket launchers, and Apache helicopters, with tanks placed in numerous fixed and moving checkpoints.
The source added that the army had spotted all terrorist outposts, and that the criminals started to come out of their hiding places after their energy and ammunition had been depleted in the last few days.