Colonel General Abdul Fatah Saeed Hussein Khalil Al-Sisi, the Egyptian defence minister and the Commander-In-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, conducted a telephone conversation with the Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak.
The Salafi Jihadi, one of the most prominent Islamist militant groups operating in the North Sinai asked the Egyptian Armed Forces to immediately halt its military operations in the region.
A total of nine people were killed in North Sinai during the clashes today, as the army continued with their offensive against the Salafist militants.
Bedouin chiefs in the Northern Sinai have announced that they will provide military and tactical support for the latest military offensive by the Egyptian Armed forces, against Salafist extremists.
The Egyptian Armed Forces have deployed military helicopters along the violence ridden Sinai Peninsula, to conduct air attacks against the rebel positions.
Egyptian media reported that 16 of their servicemen died in an attack by armed gunmen near the border with Gaza Strip yesterday.