Ahmed el-Mansy - photo courtesy of Mostafa al-Sotohy's Facebook page
CAIRO - 10 July 2017: A terror attack launched in Sinai, on an Egyptian Armed Forces checkpoint in Rafah, North Sinai left 26 Egyptian soldiers dead and many more injured on Friday.
Colonel Ahmed el-Mansy, the commander of the Sa'ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces, was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants on Friday, while the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai, Egyptian army spokesperson Tamer el-Rifai revealed on Friday.
Mansy was born in 1978 in Sharqia governorate. He joined the Egyptian battalion in the Nineties, immediately after his graduation from the Military College. He was assigned as the commander of the battalion in 2016.
His father as the general director of the health unit existed in Minya el-Qamh village for more than 14 years. He stays at 10 Ramadan City with his wife and his three children.
His brother-in-law told local media outlets that he has named his newborn baby after Hamza bin Abdel Motaleb, uncle of Prophet Muhammad who gave him the posthumous title Chief of the Martyrs, considering Mansy as a role model of courage and boldness.
He was transferred to North Sinai forces three years ago where he took part in several security operations against militants. He was awarded by the battalion during the holy month of Ramadan last year for his excellent performance and his military discipline.
He was injured few months ago at his shoulder during a security operation in North Sinai. He refused to be treated at a hospital, according to his friends on Facebook, after being told he should have taken 15 days rest for complete recovery. He insisted on resuming work at his brigade to defend the homeland.
Actor Mohamed Ramadan attended on Saturday the funeral of martyr Mansy, he said that it was a funeral of a hero who knows the real meaning of being an Egyptian.
Ramadan said that he met Colonel Mansy twice during his enlistment in the Egyptian armed forces and that Mansy is a great person and a role model who adores his homeland, Ramadan said in a phone call with DMC channel.
Mohamed Ramadan with son of martyr Ahmed el-Mansy after the funeral - File Photo
He added that the first time when Mansy came to the Commandos School to select the enlistees who will go to North Sinai, and he told them that heroes are degrees, and he is there to choose heroes who will be in a higher degree; so all the 3000 enlistees raised their hands to join him.
The second time I met the colonel was in the office of the Head of Shock troops, and he told me that the military outfit suits me. I thanked him and I am very proud and privileged to know him,” Ramadan said in a telephone call with “Akher El-Nahar” program on El-Nahar TV.