Egyptian security officials said a strike by an Israeli drone killed five suspected Islamist militants and destroyed a rocket launcher.
Residents heard a large explosion Friday in the region near the border with Israel. The officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities.
The Israeli military said they are looking into the report.
Egypt’s military and security forces are engaged in long battle against Islamic jihadists in the largely lawless peninsula.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”
Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social media website tweets reflecting the statement and told the BBC that it was “based on a Reuters report with an erroneous translation.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.
The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively with Iran. Until now, such sanctions were imposed on entities that traded with Iran’s energy sector. The law maintains humanitarian exceptions for food and medicine.