On Friday, ISIS units launched a major assault on an Egyptian army checkpoint south of Rafah city in the Sinai peninsula. The assault started with a number of VIBEDs attacks and was followed by an infantry assault aimed at capturing the area.
However, the army repelled the attack killing about 40 ISIS members and destroying 6 technical vehicles. 27 army soldiers were killed or wounded during the attack. Colonel Ahmed Mansi, commander of the “Shock troop” Battalion 103 was killed during the clashes.
The Egyptian Air Force responded with intensified air raids against ISIS terrorists in the area.
This was the first large ISIS attack on Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai since the ISIS attempt to take control over city of Shiek Zouied in 2015. Hundreds of Egyptian army and police service members participating in anti-terrorist operations in the Sinai peninsula have been killed since 2013.