|Egyptian Armed Forces in Sinai|
(Image: Daily News Egypt)
Mohamed Samir, official spokesperson of Egypt’s Armed Forces, has issued an official statement regarding the latest developments of the state Armed Forces raid carried out in Northern Sinai region during 20-30 April.
According to the official military statement Egypt’s security forces and army have carried out military campaigns in Rafah, El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid areas, targeting numerous militants’ bases and hideouts and damaging at least 51 locations and militants’ facilities.
At least 29b alleged militants were reportedly killed as a result of the military raids in North Sinai, while 133 jihadists were reported to be arrested.
In addition to that 34 military vehicles and more than 90 motorcycles of the militants were also destroyed during the military operations. Armed Forces personnel also detonated several bombs planted by the militants.
Egypt’s Armed Forces regularly carry out military operations and raids in North Sinai aimed at targeting Sinai based terrorist groups and jihadists’ networks, including one of the biggest and the most influential Egyptian based groups, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, that claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against Egyptian military and police forces in Sinai and attacks of civilians in several Egyptian cities including Cairo. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis also pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Terrorist attacks and bombings, targeting army and police personnel, happen regularly in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula after ouster of the Islamist backed President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Egyptian military carried out several massive military operations against the terrorist groups in the region and continues the raids in order to eliminate terrorist activity and to restore peace, safety and security.