The armed forces killed 29 terrorist suspects in North Sinai in operation “Retribution for the martyr” launched on Monday night. According to a military statement, security raids cover Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Al-Arish.
The three cities have been under attack for over two years, mainly by Islamic State-affiliated “State of Sinai”, witnessing a series of deadly strikes against soldiers and police officers. In the first attack of the latest army operation on Monday, also an officer and a soldier were killed, two others injured.
The army has previously released some aerial footages captures of their security raids on “terrorist dens”, which showed them bombing buildings and people near them.
On the other hand, a rocket hit a security checkpoint Al-Arish last Saturday, which put the security forces on high-alert. The army has indeed thwarted several attack attempts in the past period.
The source of the rocket remains unknown, with security officials asserting that the explosion was minor and left no casualties.
On the same day, unknown assailants planted a road bomb in the Masaed area, which was quickly spotted and dismantled by the security forces.
Last week, six soldiers from the Multinational Force and Observers mission in Sinai were injured after improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off in North Sinai. The injured soldiers included four Americans, the Pentagon reported, and were given necessary medical care after the incident.