Egypt Independent

Armed Forces kill 30 IS militants in North Sinai

Egyptian Armed Forces killed 30 IS militants, affiliated with the ‘Sinai Province’ group, on Friday. The attack was a continuation of military campaigns targeting the IS stationing points in North Sinai.

According to a statement released from the army official spokesperson, the military campaigns executed by the Second Field Army, in cooperation with the Air Force, enabled them to target militants’ stationing points in North Sinai.

The campaign was the fourth stage of the ‘Martyr Right’ military operation, whose goal is the elimination of IS militants in North Sinai. The deaths of the 30 militants was a result of a strict siege carried out on their stationing points in the North Sinai cities of Sheikh Zewaid, Al-Arish and Rafah.

“The military operation also resulted in the destruction of 12 armored vehicle used by the militants, in addition to the destruction of four bombed vehicles and 300 ‘Improvised Explosive Devices’ that have been planted on roads used heavily by army forces,” the army official spokesperson said in a statement.

Since 2013, the Egyptian armed forces side by side with police forces have engaged in intensive military stand-offs with militants from the IS affiliated group of ‘Sinai Province,’ previously known as ‘Ansar Byat Al Maqdus.’

The group declared its allegiance to IS in 2014 and considers the army and police forces as apostates who should be killed to pave the way for the establishment of the Caliphate state.

Recently, 40 ‘Sinai Province’ militants were killed in a shoot-out with battalion 103, affiliated to the Egyptian army special forces of ‘Al-Sa’aka,’ while trying to seize the headquarters. The confrontation led to the death of 26 army members.