The government has banned the use of 4X4 vehicles in Sinai in areas to be specified by the Armed Forces. This is an apparent move to deny militants a tool used in fatal attacks against security forces in the restive peninsula.
The Cabinet's decision comes two weeks after fierce battles between army forces and pro-Islamic State militants have left 17 troops and 252 militants dead, according to the official army count.
Former MP Yasser al-Qady lauded the measure. He told independent news website Vetogate that the decision is one way of containing terrorist activity as 4X4 vehicles help militants easily flee battle fields in the Sinai deserts.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm