On January 26, Egyptian Army spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai announced in an official statement that the Egyptian Army conducted a series of operations against ISIS cells in Sinai Peninsula.
During the operations, the Egyptian Army destroyed several hideouts of the terrorist group and discovered three ammo depots filled with IEDs and a tunnel linked with the Palestinian Gaza Strip according to Col. Rifai.
Moreover, Col. Rifai said that units of the Egyptian Army backed by the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) destroyed six vehicles and fifteen motorcycles of ISIS as well as captured seven others loaded with explosives and drugs in the Sinai Peninsula during the operations.
Last week, ISIS fighters conducted a series of hit and run attacks against several positions and checkpoints of the Egyptian Army mainly around the city of Arish in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula. The new operations of the Egyptian Army were likely triggered by these attacks.
The Egyptian Army is preparing to launch a bigger military operation against ISIS cells in Sinai Peninsula in the upcoming moths according to a report of the UK-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed released on January 19.