ISIS cells in the Sinai Peninsula have sustained heavy losses and they are about to collapse, an Egyptian official told Germany’s DPA on April 2.
According to the official, who declined to be named, the Egyptian military inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist group’s remnants in Sinai over the last few days. Dozens of terrorists were allegedly killed.
The official revealed that the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) have been pounding ISIS personnel, equipment and hideouts in different parts of Sinai for more than five days now. The airstrikes targeted the areas of Rafah, Bir El Abd, Jail, Tufaha, Fatir and Sheikh Zuweid.
“Warplanes bombed ammo and explosives depots, hideouts, shelters, gatherings and armed 4×4 vehicles,” the official said.
The official stressed that the Egyptian military will continue its campaign until all terrorists are neutralized, saying that Sinai will be soon announced free from terrorism.
In 2018, the Egyptian military and security forces launched a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in Sinai. Most of the terrorist group’s assets were neutralized in the operation, dubbed Sinai 2018. However, less than a year later, the group’s remnants resumed their activities in the region.
The Egyptian official’s statements to DPA indicate that Cairo is determined this time to end ISIS presence in Sinai once and for all. While this is completely possible, it will not likely be easy or fast.