On September 10, security forces killed 10 ISIS members in the Arda Alliwa area near the Egyiptian capital of Cairo. Egyptian Police declared that security forces eliminated the ISIS members who had escaped from North Sinai were planning for attacks in the capital. 6 police servicemen were wounded during the operation.
The Egyptian military continued its anti-ISIS operation south and west of Rafah city in Northern Sinai. 2 ISIS members were captured.
The US military and the Egyptian Army started a biennial joint military exercise called Bright Star 2017 at the Mohamed Najib military base. Within the framework of the Camp David Accords singed in 1978, the US and Egypt had repeatedly held joint military exercies until 2009. In 2017, the US decided to resume joint exercises with Egpyt amid the improving relations with the country.
On September 9, Ismail Haniyeh, Chief of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Hamas movement, arrived Cairo to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials about the blockade of Gaza, on his first such visit since his election in May.
According to Hamas, the movement’s delegation was set to discuss “mechanisms to ease the siege on Gaza and other issues of mutual concern”.