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SEPTEMBER 2020

Egypt Army Kills 18 ISIS Militants While Repelling Large-Scale Attack In North Sinai

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Egypt Army Kills 18 ISIS Militants While Repelling Large-Scale Attack In North Sinai

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On July 21st, a large-scale ISIS attack took place in Egypt’s north Sinai.

There are several videos showing what transpired, reportedly near the checkpoint at Bir al-Abd, North Sinai.

 

The Egyptian armed forces said they killed 18 ISIS militants in aerial and ground operations, when they foiled the attack.

The army said in a statement that its forces succeeded in foiling “an attack by takfiri [ISIS] terrorist elements on one of the security complexes” in the town of Bir al-Abd.

“In cooperation with the air force, security forces managed to chase the takfiri elements across a farm and in abandoned houses killing 18, including one wearing an explosive belt,” the statement said.

Troops also destroyed four cars including three that were packed with explosives.

Two Egyptian soldiers were killed and 4 others were wounded.

The town, about 80 kilometers west of North Sinai’s capital al-Arish, has been the site of several terror attacks claimed by ISIS group including the deadliest attack in modern Egyptian history, in which more than 300 worshippers were gunned down in a mosque in 2017. The attack was the reason why Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the army to begin their operation to cleanse the peninsula.

North Sinai is a region infested with ISIS terrorists, which the Egyptian army has operated in attempts to clear it out for nearly a year and a half, since February 2018.

Around 990 suspected militants have been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.

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