On August 24, Egyptian security forces killed 2 members of the Hasm Movement in the Wayd al-Natron area in Bahariya.
According to reports, Police special forces carried out a raid in an apartment and killed the both militants after an exchange of fire. Security forces also discovered chemicals used for manufacturing improvised explosive devices.
The Hasm Movement is an Islamist militant group operating in Egypt. It has links with the Muslim Brotherhood and is active in central Egypt and in the area of the Egyptian capital of Cairo. The group is responsible for many assaisation attempts.
On August 25, security forces continued its campaign against ISIS-linked militants south of Rafah city. Security forces raided the villages of Shabanna, Barteh, Masora and other points in the border area.
Egyptian forces killed 7 ISIS members including one of the ISIS commanders, Auda Hamdeen, and destroyed 7 vehicles and 13 motorcycles. They also discovered an ISIS field hospital, a media center and a tunnel near the border area.
The aim of the ongoing operation is to boost security and to establish army check points alongside local routes used by ISIS militants. This should complicate militant operations in the area.
On August 27, 3 Egyptian soldiers were wounded as a result of sniper fire at at a check point near Masora.