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Egypt launches Sinai air raids

8 August 2012 Last updated at 12:55 BST

Egyptian military helicopters have fired missiles on suspected Islamist militants in Egypt's northern Sinai peninsula, security officials have said.

Twenty people were reported killed in Touma village, while the Sheikh Zuwaid area to the west was also hit.

The strikes came after security checkpoints were allegedly attacked by gunmen in the town of al-Arish, leaving a number of people injured.

The BBC's Peter Biles reports.