Security forces stand guard in Alexandria, Egypt on January 25, 2016 – Reuters/Asmaa Waguih
CAIRO – 25 July 2018: Dozens of terrorists were reported killed by police forces in Arish since the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 was launched in February by police and army to eradicate terrorism in different parts of the country, mainly North Sinai.
Security forces managed to eliminate 13 terrorist elements in Al-Masaeed district in the North Sinai city of Arish after fire exchange, according to a security report on Tuesday.
Raiding the terrorists' hideout, the forces seized weapons, ammunition and explosive devices. According to the source, the eliminated terrorists planned to carry out attacks on military and police personnel as well as some citizens.
The source added that a number of four machine guns, two cartridge firearms, three explosive devices, and 83 bullets were found.
Earlier in July, security forces managed to eliminate 11 takfiri elements after fire exchange, while raiding a terrorist hideout in Arish’s Omran district, according to security sources.
Following the raid, the security forces could seize three machine guns, a cartridge firearm and two explosive devices possessed by the takfiris, according to the sources.
The investigations revealed that the terrorists had planned to target state institutions and carry out destructive attacks on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda sit-ins dispersal.
The protestors who backed ousted Muslim Brotherhood affiliated President Mohamed Morsi were dispersed on August, 14, 2013, as the security forces said that some protestors were armed. The dispersal of the two protests caused the death of dozens of policemen and hundreds of Morsi supporters, according to reports. The two parties hold each other responsible for the violence.
According to the security source, the eliminated terrorists had contacted a number of terrorist leaders outside the country, who funded them to buy weapons and explosives.
Security forces also managed to foil a terrorist attack that was aiming to target vital organizations and facilities inside Egypt during Eid Al-Fitr, according to the Ministry of Interior's statement released on June 11.
Four terrorists were killed in Al-Ubaidat neighborhood, Arish, during fire exchange between the security forces and terrorists, according to the ministry’s statement. A number of guns and rifles were seized by the police after storming the terrorists’ hideout.
On May 30, Egypt’s security forces succeeded in foiling attempts to establish new camps for terrorists along Wahat Road, the same place that witnessed the massive terrorist attack that killed at least 16 police officers last October.
The new camp was planning to target several buildings, police officers, and vital areas and locations inside the country during Ramadan, sources told Egypt Today.
Arish, the largest city in North Sinai, has witnessed numerous terrorist attacks since Morsi's ousting in 2013, which led to the death of hundreds of citizens, security personnel and army men.
In November, 2017, 311 Muslim worshippers were reported killed during Friday prayers, when a group of takfiri elements stormed Al-Rawdah mosque in Al-Arish, and opened fire on worshippers. The incident has been reported as Egypt’s deadliest terrorist attack in modern history.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced that Egypt will face terrorism with “brutal force”, placing terrorism combat on top of his priorities during his first and second terms.
In February 2018, army spokesman Tamer el-Refae announced in a strongly worded televised statement that the military and police forces initiated Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018.
The operation involved land, naval and air forces, as well as the police and border guards, targeting "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" in North and Central Sinai, as well as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert along the porous border with Libya, strongholds of a persistent Islamic State (IS) group insurgency that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen.
During the ongoing military operation, army and security forces managed to eliminate dozens of takfiri elements, seize a number of explosive devices, weapons and ammunition, and damage cannabis farms, besides other accomplishments, according to the consecutive army statements.