ISIS announced on April 11 that its cells had carried out new attacks against the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula.
In the first attack, which took place on April 10, the group’s terrorists targeted a minesweeper of the army near the al-Fallujah checkpoint west of Rafah city in northern Sinai with an improvised explosive device (IED).
A day later, ISIS cells attacked a checkpoint of the Egyptian military in the area of al-Ruwas, east of the town of Sheikh Zuweid, with rocket-propelled grenades. The group claimed that its fighters scored “direct hits.”
Meanwhile, Egyptian government forces continued their anti-terrorism operation in Sinai. On April 10, at least eleven fighters of ISIS were reportedly ambushed and killed by security forces in the area of al-Risan.
Earlier this month, an Egyptian official told Germany’s DPA that ISIS cells are sustaining heavy losses in Sinai, adding that the terrorist group is on the verge of collapse.
While ISIS cells in Sinai will not likely get eliminated soon, the Egyptian military’s efforts allow to limit the terrorist group’s ability to operate in the region.