A picture taken on July 27, 2018 shows Egyptian policemen stand guarding a street in the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish. / AFP / Khaled DESOUKI
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With fruit and vegetables aplenty in the markets, public transport back on the roads and universities reopened, life is returning to Al-Arish in North Sinai state where Egypt's army is at war with militants. During an army-organized visit for foreign media, the city's streets showed telltale signs of fighting in the "Sinai 2018" operation launched by the military on Feb. 9 . According to official figures, more than 200 militants and over 30 soldiers have been killed since the start of the campaign.President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ordered the operation, launched almost three months after more than 300 people died in a devastating attack on a Sinai mosque some 40 kilometers from Al-Arish.Military operations restricted many aspects of everyday life for the 225,000 residents of the Mediterranean city, in particular their freedom of movement.
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