On February 17, ISIS fighters conducted a series of attacks against the Egyptian Army in the Sinai Peninsula, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
ISIS fighters reportedly destroyed four armored vehicles, three tracked armored personnel carriers (APCs), two bulldozers and five trucks of the Egyptian Army with IEDs and rocket-propelled grenades in the central and southern part of Sinai.
Moreover, ISIS snipers killed two soldiers and injured one other, according to Amaq. Four more soldiers were reportedly killed during clashes with ISIS fighters in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
This series of attacks was the first response from ISIS since the beginning of the army’s military operation in the Sinai Peninsula on February 9. However, it is impossible to verify ISIS’ claims regarding the allegedly army loses.
From its side, the Egyptian Army spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai announced in an official statement that the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) had destroyed 8 positions and a vehicle of ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula. Army units also discovered and destroyed 158 ISIS hideouts, positions and communication centers in Sinai, according to Col. Rifai.
The Egyptian Ministry of Defense also said that 4 fighters of ISIS had been eliminated and 408 suspects were arrested in the Sinai Peninsula by the amy on February 17. Soldiers also destroyed 7 vehicles and 32 motorcycles of ISIS.
According to pro-government sources, the army has successfully eliminated ISIS’ capabilities to conduct coordinated attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. However, the terrorist group is still capable of resisting apparently.
ISIS attacks in the Sinai Peninsula:
Photos of the Egyptian Army military operation in the Sinai Peninsula on February 17: