On July 12, ISIS cells targeted a gathering of Egyptian soldiers east of the city of Arish in the Sinai Peninsula with two IEDs, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. Several soldiers were reportedly injured and killed in the attack.
A day earlier, a group of ISIS fighters ambushed an infantry unit of Egyptian military west of Arish. Amaq also claimed that several soldiers and officers were killed and injured as a result of the ambush. However, ISIS’ news agency didn’t provide any evidence to support its claims.
And in the area of al-Sabil in the Sinai Peninsula, ISIS cells destroyed a Humvee armored vehicle of the Egyptian military with an IED on July 11, according to Amaq.
On February 9, the Egyptian military and security forces launched a large scale military operation codenamed “Sinai 2018” against ISIS cells in the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian observers claimed that most ISIS cells were neutralized during the operation, which lasted for months.
However, these recent attacks prove that the terrorist group is still posing a serious threat to the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula.