Egypt: Will the Sinai military operation succeed?

Violet Powell
February 12, 2018

In addition to the operation, which took place Friday, the military also said in a statement carried by state television that 66 targets, arms depots and SUVs and motorbikes used by militants were destroyed in raids focused mainly in Sinai, but also including parts of the Nile Delta and the western desert.

Egypt's State Information Service (SIS) called on foreign reporters and representatives of foreign media outlets to abide by professional rules and only publish what is being released by the army in their coverage of the "Comprehensive Sinai 2018" military operation, launched on Friday.

Following the mosque attack, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ordered the army to restore security and stability in North Sinai within three months.

Military warplanes struck "terrorist concentrations and hideouts" in northern and central Sinai through the night and into the early hours, targeting weapons warehouses and logistics support areas, he said last Saturday.

The statement says they discovered a communication center and six drug farms. The Sinai borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has always been a bastion for Islamic insurgent groups tied to al-Qaida.

Egyptian security forces have so far killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country's anti-terror war declared by Sisi, the army chief then, following Morsi's ouster in 2013.

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And last September Sissi met Netanyahu for the first time in public, the encounter coming ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

In the first part of 2017 IS stepped up attacks against Christians in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt, claiming two deadly attacks on churches in Tanta and Alexandria on 9 April.

Egypt denied this, and Israel declined to comment.

At least 10 terrorists have been killed on Sunday during a police raid in Arish city of Egypt's North Sinai province bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a security source and medics told Xinhua.

Since the 2011 Revolution that ended former President Hosni Mubarak's 30 years in power, militant groups used Sinai as a hotbed and attacked several military and security forces.

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